Pressure and lack of support for parents today

Joshua Sparrow, MD Child Psychiatrist & Author, shares advice for parents on how overcome the pressure on parents and children that has greatly increased recently
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Pressure and lack of support for parents today

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For most of human history, for thousands and thousand of years, in most places all over the planet. Children have not been raised by nuclear families but one parent or two parents alone but by extended family, by whole communities. And we are in a period of history in our own country, but for some reason we have ended up with this belief that we have to do it all and by ourselves. And not only that, we have to make it perfect. And this is just way too much pressure on parents and its way too much pressure on children. And what we really need to do is to focus on the support that we need, the relationships that we need with our neighbors, with our peers, with our friends and our families. So that we can raise our own children and each other children together.

Joshua Sparrow, MD Child Psychiatrist & Author, shares advice for parents on how overcome the pressure on parents and children that has greatly increased recently

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Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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