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First-Time Parenting Knowledge

September 2018

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Don’t you wish babies came with instructions? New parents have tons of questions about their little ones, from feeding and bathing to sleeping and all those little noises they make. And the questions don’t end as babies enter their toddler years.

With three kids under age 3, the Southalls are in constant motion. Twins Everly and Hunter are two and a half. Little Phoenix just turned one. Mom, Micah, was overjoyed and slightly overwhelmed at first at the idea of two at once as a first-time mom.

Micah told Ivanhoe, “I looked up twin mommas, twin parents, mom of multiples. Every kind of blog I could find.”

Maria Ramos-Olazagasti is a senior research scientist at Child Trends. Ramos-Olazagasti and her colleagues reviewed 260 reports and conducted focus groups with 90 parents to learn more about what first-time parents want to know. The researchers found that parents had the most questions about social and emotional development.

Ramos-Olazagasti detailed, “How much crying is normal? How much whining is normal? That’s something parents wanted more information about.”

Research shows that having more information about child development is linked to better parenting practices and child well-being. Ramos-Olazagasti said that parents who are armed with information may better understand the reasons behind a child’s behavior and are more likely to respond calmly. The scientists say parents went to the internet for information and support from online groups, as well as family members and their pediatricians. Despite the time constraint of a visit to a pediatrician, researchers say doctors can suggest other sources of information for parents with kids under three.

“It’s a prime time to really support children’s development and parents’ knowledge about children’s development,” said Ramos-Olazagasti.

The researchers also found that, across all racial and ethnic groups, parents in the focus groups had similar questions, used similar sources of information, and expressed a desire to learn about more effective and less harsh ways to discipline their kids.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising and Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, News Producer; Bob Walko, Editor; Kirk Manson, Videographer.

Produced by Child Trends News Service in partnership with Ivanhoe Broadcast News and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Spanish Translation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) –Que maravilloso sería que los bebés llegaran con instrucciones. Los nuevos papás tienen miles de preguntas, desde la comida al baño y que significan esos sonidos misteriosos. Que hace un recién nacido. Y las preguntas no desaparecen cuando empiezan a caminar.

Con tres hijos de menos de tres años la familia Southalls es un torbellino de actividad. Los gemelos Everly y Hunter tienen dos años y medio, y Phoenix acaba de cumplir el año.

Cuando nacieron los gemelos su madre Micah dice estaba encantada y abrumada a partes iguales. Maria Ramos-Olazagasti es una investigadora de Child Trends.

Ella y sus colegas revisaron 260 informes y realizaron sesiones de discusión con 90 padres para determinar qué desean saber los papas primerizos. Determinaron que los padres tenían el mayor número de preguntas sobre el desarrollo emocional y social del bebe. Por ejemplo, los tipos de llanto y cuanto llanto es normal.

Según los estudios, el tener más información sobre el desarrollo infantil esta unido a una mejor crianza y un mayor bienestar del bebe. Maria indica que cuantos más conocimientos tengan los padres mejor preparados estarán para entender las reacciones de sus hijos y responder calmadamente. El estudio determino que los padres buscaron información y grupos de apoyo en la internet, y pidieron consejos a familiares y a sus pediatras.

El estudio determino que todos los padres primerizos tenían las mismas preguntas, sin importar el grupo étnico y racial. Todos usaron las mismas fuentes de información y manifestaron el deseo de aprender más sobre formas efectivas y menos severas para ejercer disciplina.

Los contribuyentes a este reportaje incluyen: Cyndy McGrath, Supervisora Y Productora de Campo; Milvionne Chery, Productora; Bob Walko, Editor; Kirk Manson, Camarografo.

Producido por Child Trends News Service en asocio con Ivanhoe Broadcast News y auspiciado por una beca de la National Science Foundation.