Science & Research:
Psychology

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Author: Laine Lipsky, Masters in Teaching, Certified Parent Educator

Overview:

Psychology

We don’t need to be psychologists to be good parents, but it helps to have a fundamental understanding of psychology to know what is going on in our kids and in ourselves. Especially if we have a “difficult” child now or had a difficult childhood ourselves, there are key concepts that provide helpful frameworks for a positive parenting experience.

Why Is Psychology Important in Parenting?

Having an intellectual understanding of psychological factors helps us parent our children with more patience and perspective. Especially when our children veer “outside the norm” and/or we also feel more triggered than we ever expected, having some concepts to ground our experience can be extremely helpful.

What Psychological Factors Have the Greatest Impact on Parenting?

There are key components of psychology that put parenting into perspective. With this perspective, we become empowered to take smart actions that yield the best outcomes for every family member, including us.

 

The psychological factors I focus on are the ones that matter most to parents. They are: 

  • Child Development

  • Grit and Resilience

  • Trauma Awareness

  • Behavioral Challenges

  • Addiction and Recovery

Who Are The Leading Experts?

I rely on a wide range of experts to inform my teachings. I place a high value on multi-disciplinary approaches, since they offer a variety of perspectives and a team approach. The result is that I select best practices from each discipline based on my training and experience.

Child Development:

Grit and Resilience

Trauma Awareness

Behavioral Challenges

Addiction and Recovery

What Research Proves Psychology is Important in Parenting?

The more we understand how humans operate, the better we can raise our children to be well-adjusted adults. If parenting is extra-hard because we have a difficult child and/or we had a difficult childhood ourselves, we need more understanding and support.

 

Here are publications to review:​

Important Psychology Findings for Parents

  • Children have their own developmental path.

  • Every child is wired differently - many are not “neurotypical”

  • Healing your own trauma is essential to parenting well.

  • Your past trauma impacts your parenting.

  • Dysfunctional/addictive patterns are passed from parent to child.

  • It is possible to replace dysfunctional generational patterns with healthy ones.