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Can you have two fun parents?

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An interesting discussion point was raised recently on US sitcom Modern Family. Claire, one of the main characters, explained away some silly behaviour by a child as being the result of having to two ‘fun’ parents. “You can’t have two fun parents,” she told her young son.   This comment says a great deal about modern parenting styles and how parents work together to raise their children.    What’s more, she’s right!   There’s a great deal of evidence that points to the authoritative parenting style as being the most appropriate way to raise kids today.    A recent UK study showed the benefits of the authoritative approach. The study of 9,000 UK households in the Millennium Cohort Study found that while family structure and parent income levels impact on children’s development, it&...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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