Parents are concerned about child-reared education at universities, but a new study suggests there are some benefits.
The study from the Canadian Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities (CICCU) looked at the options for parents on how to manage childcare while enrolled at university.
It found there were some benefits, such as a greater likelihood of learning a new skill, for children who are in a close-knit family.
“There is evidence that when there is more social support, children tend to have a better chance of attaining the academic and social outcomes that are predicted by academic achievement,” said Jennifer Stirling, the study’s lead author.
But parents are worried that a lack of options will leave some students behind and leave them vulnerable to abuse, neglect and mental illness.
“There’s this belief that child care is a bad thing, that you shouldn’t have it.
That you shouldn’ t let your kids do their own thing,” said one mother in her 30s who requested anonymity because she feared retaliation from her son and her employer.
Another woman said she is concerned about the way she will manage her child’s academic life in the future, as well as what her son will be exposed to as an adult.
“It’s not just me who’s worried about it,” she said.
“When I see a child, I’m so worried about the consequences of what happens to him or her when they grow up.
I don’t think that is something that should be happening.
They’re not just kids, they’re adults.
They should have some say in how they’re raised.”
While there is research to support the idea that having an active and caring parent can help reduce anxiety, some experts say the benefits of having children in a more active home environment are not enough to justify the investment.
“We’ve done a lot of work on child-related anxiety and how it can be managed and if there are things that we can do to address that, we’re looking at that as well,” said Dr. Lisa Ewing, the chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
One study by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests that parenting and child care may be linked in the early years of life, but further research is needed to confirm that connection.
A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that parents who were in charge of their children had lower levels of stress and depression, anxiety and depression in their adult years than their parents who did not have a child-care arrangement.
But Dr. Ewing said the results do not mean parents should abandon child care altogether.
“[Parents] should have a great deal of flexibility in how to meet their child’s needs,” she added.
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