Give Children More Autonomy During the Pandemic, Says Study


By MedicalNewsToday


Autonomy-based parenting promotes the well-being of children and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parenting school-age children as they attend school remotely is a challenge. Lacking normal child support services such as daycare, some parents must do their own jobs from home while also keeping an eye on their children.

A new study finds that allowing children a little more freedom may be the most effective strategy for adults and children alike.

Autonomy-based parenting techniques support positive well-being for parents and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We explored whether or not autonomy-supportive parental behavior would facilitate adaptation and better child well-being. We also explored whether such parenting behavior helps to create a positive emotional climate that benefits parents as well as children,” says study co-author Andreas B. Neubauer, of the Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

The study found that “autonomy-supportive parenting behavior is positively associated both with better child well-being and higher parental need fulfillment.”

As an added benefit, it also found that while this parenting technique requires care and energy to maintain, it also provided something of a recharging effect for parents…more

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