Monday, November 27, 2017

How To Spot Credible Parenting Advice

Figuring out whether parenting advice is credible remains a huge challenge for parents. The solution -  developing some parenting expertise. Or as I prefer to call it - parenting experTEASE. What does this mean? Having some skill in navigating and understanding parenting news and advice. To help parents boost their parenting expertise (exper' tease), I'm publishing a guide for parents, basically a mini-course in recognizing sound information. I've published the first part, a checklist of sort, a weeks ago. It's a quick one-page guide, essentially a tool-kit or series of questions or issues to ponder when you encounter parenting information. You can also find the checklist on the new "Parent's Guide" tab on the site. 




You can either see the entire page by scrolling down on the sidebar, by clicking on the arrow that appears in the upper right hand corner or you can download the one-page PDF clicking here.


If you share or post it, please kindly attribute it to MommaDATA.org. I'll be posting an infographic shortly. Yes, I'm starting an Instagram account - and taking suggestions for other social media sharing ideas. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

PLEASE DISREGARD THIS STUDY

Something new is happening in the parenting media now. Greater nuance. You learn of a children’s health study and then are told how to interpret the results including reasons why you should be cautious about the results. There’s more of an emphasis on the study limitations. In the past this nuance was relatively rare save the traditional caveat about a correlational study not proving cause, or maybe an expert telling why the study isn’t quite as good as readers might think.

Now in the better news sources I’m seeing a regular stream of reasons why you shouldn’t get too excited about a study. For instance, maybe the research only addressed a certain population or situation. Or surveyed a small number of subjects over a short time frame.

In the past couple months, I’ve come across studies in the news that the experts have all but told us to forget. How unusual. In these cases sources cited so many reasons the results might be unreliable, a parent could not have missed all the nuance.