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The Top Parenting News Stories of 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

As we turn our calendars to 2013, it’s only natural to look back at the year we’re leaving behind.  To that end, has published our picks for the top parenting stories of 2012.

Because the piece was written by your very own Parents News Now blogger, I can share with you that the original list contained 11 stories, on topics ranging from autism to to politics to vaccinations and food safety.  As the year drew to a close, though, the scandal that led to the resignation of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, and the unspeakable tragedy of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, necessitated last-minute additions to the feature.

Click here to see the full list of the top 13 parenting news stories of 2012

Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful 2013, and looking forward to continuing to provide you with the news that affects you, your children, and your families.


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Four Parenting Styles Defined in New Study

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Virginia have identified four distinct styles of parenting in a new study that explores differences in “family culture” that pervade communities and even families. According to The Huffington Post, the four categories are:

  • The Faithful (20 percent) whose parenting style is morality and/or religion-based.
  • Engaged Progressives (21 percent) who teach tolerance as a central value
  • The Detached (19 percent) who want their children to be independent and practical in their thinking and learning
  • American Dreamers (27 percent) who have aspirations that their children be more successful in life than they have been

More from The Huffington Post:

Parenting, this new research argues, is not a system you choose, but an outgrowth of who you are; you don’t select it as much as you let it find you. What is “good” parenting depends on the life you’ve lived and the values you hold.

Understanding this would go a long way toward ending, or, at least quieting, the parenting wars.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia has been examining the roots of parenting style in “family culture,” and today’s report sorts American families into four distinct groups. No two agree on what kind of world awaits their children, nor what morals, values and ideals will be needed to navigate it.

“They speak different languages, they have different sets of beliefs and suspicions,” said Carl Desportes Bowman, Director of Survey Research for the Institute, when unveiling the results at a meeting in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Image: Family, via Shutterstock

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