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9/13/11  6:52 pm
Commenter: Pamela Sullivan, JMU College of Education

Concentrate on what matters for children in the long run

There is plenty of evidence that adoption and home environments can make a lasting difference in children's school readiness, vocabulary, coping skills, and even IQ (Duyme, Dumaret, & Tomkiewicz, 1999;Hart & Risley, 1995;  Maccoby, 2002) but no research that indicates it matters the gender of the  parents who provide such an enriched environment.  If you are truly interested in the long-term well-being of children, then concentrate your guidelines on what matters for them in the long run.

Duyme, Dumaret, & Tomkiewicz (1999). Procedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 96.

Hart & Risley (1995). Meaningful differences in the everyday experiences of young American children.

Maccoby (2002). In Parenting and the child's world: Influences on academic, intellectual, and social-emotional development.

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