Chapter One: Being a Better Parent
When people find out that I'm both a parent and a psychologist who has spent his entire career studying parenting, I'm often asked whether what I've learned as a researcher has helped me to be a better parent. The answer is that of course it has. It's like asking a professional chef whether studying cooking for a living has made him or her better in the kitchen at home. How could it not? Like anything else, good parenting requires knowledge.
I've studied parents and their children for well over twenty-five years. I've published several books and hundreds of articles on parenting and child...