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Yahoo Writer, Australian Academic Misread Study on Fathers’ Attitudes About Work/Family Balance

July 30, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

It’s hard to know which is worse, this article or the study it reports on (Yahoo, 7/28/15). Whichever one ultimately wins the race to the bottom, both are pretty bad.

The topic is the same one that commentators have so often tried and failed to effectively deal with — fathers and mothers and the work/family balance. Try as they might, many people opining on that subject just can’t manage to wrap their minds around the most basic concepts — that part of the work/family balance is work. And sure enough, the Yahoo piece announces its bias right from the start, i.e. the headline.


Helicopter Parents Raise Kids Who Lack Resiliency

July 29, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve written a fair amount about “free range kids” and “helicopter parents.” But for the most part, I did so to focus on the interface between the family and the state in the form of child welfare agencies. Put simply, CPS agencies all across the country have often escaped the confines of their mission statements and begun to substitute their own ideas about parenting for those of parents.


The Human Brain and Parental Behavior, Part Two

July 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This post continues from yesterday’s.

The study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences continues by laying out its background.

Throughout human history and across cultures, women have typically assumed primary caregiving responsibility for infants (1, 2). Although humans are among the few mammalian species where some male parental caregiving is relatively common, father involvement varies considerably within and across cultures, adapting to ecological conditions (1, 3). Involved fathering has been linked with children's long-term physiological and social development and with increases in mothers' caregiving-related hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin (3, 4, 5, 6). In addition, animal studies demonstrated structural brain alterations in caregiving fathers (7, 8). It has been suggested that, although maternal caregiving is triggered by neurobiological processes related to pregnancy and labor, the human father's brain, similar to other biparental mammals, adapts to the parental role through active involvement in childcare (1, 2, 3). Despite growing childcare involvement of fathers (3, 5, 6), mechanisms for human fathers' brain adaptation to caregiving experiences remain largely unknown, and no study to our knowledge has examined the brain basis of human fatherhood when fathers assume primary responsibility for infant care.


Breakthrough Study: Mothers’ and Fathers’ Brains Much the Same in Parenting

July 26, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’m no scientist. So this post will come mostly from this study that came out a little over a year ago (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 5/1/14). There’s little I can add to what the authors say, but will attempt to say what I think the findings mean regarding their potential to impact family law. For now though, suffice it to say that the conclusions the authors draw are vital to our understanding of parenting and how parental behavior comes about.


Do it Today! Support Massachusetts S.B. 834! Make Shared Parenting a Reality!

July 24, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In Massachusetts, the push to enact SB 834 has begun. SB 834 is one bill to result from the two years of work by the Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws convened by Governor Duval Patrick in 2012. The National Parents Organization was honored to be a part of that working group.

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