Modern parenting may not be good for brain development.
Parenting styles changed in recent years. Children are raised in a completely different way. Most mothers use infant formula instead of the traditional breastfeeding to their child.
But this parenting technique is not healthy for children’s cognitive development. Most child psychologists believed that the modern way of rearing does not help children.
For instance, Professor Darcia Narvaez of the University of Notre Dame argued that the life of youths today are far worse compared to five decades ago.
“Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,” said Narvaez. Ill-advised practices and beliefs have become commonplace in our culture, such as the use of infant formula, the isolation of infants in their own rooms or the belief that responding too quickly to a fussing baby will “spoil” it,” Narvaez added.
If modern parenting does not work, what does?
Professor Narvaez believes that old parenting practices are actually helpful to children’s brain development.
“Breast-feeding infants, responsiveness to crying, almost constant touch and having multiple adult caregivers are some of the nurturing ancestral parenting practices that are shown to positively impact the developing brain, which not only shapes personality, but also helps physical health and moral development,” said Narvaez.
Scientific findings suggest that positive parental touch reduces children’s level of stress. Secondly, immediate response to babies needs help consciousness development. Third, playing helps children to become less aggressive. Lastly, supportive parenting is linked to better IQ and empathy development.
The modern way of living changes most part of human activities. Daily jobs are becoming even more demanding than ever making parents busier.
As a result, parents especially mothers don’t have much time to breastfeed their babies. That’s why infant formula becomes the easiest alternative.
Unfortunately, this modern way of nurturing the children may have a detrimental outcome on children’s development.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.