Building Block 2

Development Stages of Parenting and Family Life
 Building Block 2: Working with Families with Preschoolers
Items in the Research Summary
  • Research into preschool brain activity provides us with startling numbers that surprise parents and parenting professionals alike. [Go directly to this item.]   
  • Diana Baumrind's classic research on parenting styles received new attention in the 1990s: from Baumrind herself in 1996 and from critic Judith Rich Harris in 1998.[Go directly to this item.]    
  • Blended families are becoming common for American children. As Dr. Linda Schertz of the University of North Texas states (in Building Block 2 of Module #1), 74% of today's households are single parent or blended families. Within the next five years, 50% of American families with children under the age of 18 will be blended families. Within the same time frame, 80% of children under the age of 15 will live some portion of their lives in either single parent or blended families. As "step-" terms become more common in family descriptions, perhaps the societal norms for them are slowly catching up.[Go directly to this item.]    
  • Language is also changing in the way we describe the connections between homes of formerly married spouses. [Go directly to this item.]