By GalTime Teen Expert Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.
I present to you four more issues to worry about as a parent. I am fully aware that you are probably already on information overload and ready to pull your hair out but nonetheless here goes:
1. A Canadian study conducted at the Institute of Child Study at Toronto University suggests that children who lie are simply in the process of developing their intelligence. If this is the case then should we praise our kids for lying and hope that this will lead to intellectual superiority?
2. Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin tell us in the "Longevity Project" about the results of a study by Terman of Stanford University. Cheerful children turned out to have shorter lives than their less chipper classmates. Are we ill-advised to try to raise happy kids? Or do we have to decide whether a shorter and happier life is better than a longer and more miserable life? Now this may raise some moral dilemmas. Oh, the choices we have!