Hudson Valley Parent

HVP June 2015

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24 Hudson Valley Parent ■ June 2015 might teach a child how to mow the lawn or talk about financial mat- ters during informal apprenticeship sessions. Dads encourage risk-taking While moms' protective instincts lead us to discourage kids from taking physical risks, studies show dads give kids more personal space to explore the environment, even if there is risk involved. "At the park, I'm nervous about my 2-year-old going down the big slide, and, at home, I protect my baby from face-planting very time he attempts to crawl," says mom Anna Crowe. Dads often push kids to go outside their comfort zones. Physical challenges help kids develop strength, coordination and confidence. "Kids learn valuable skills that could prevent them from getting into serious trouble in the future," Crowe admits. Dads set boundaries Because women are focused on preserving social connections, we may avoid family conflict. The effort of peacekeeping can lead to emotion- al exhaustion for women, according to research by psychologists at Car- negie Mellon University. Over time, minor frustrations can grow into deep, simmering resentments. Mom of four Tsara Shelton admits she struggles to establish clear, firm rules for her kids. She sees most issues as gray areas and enjoys dis- cussing the connections between kids' behaviors, social expectations and cultural pressures. Men are less likely to shy away from conflict because they don't take it personally. That means they can confront interpersonal issues head-on. SPARK Your Child's Creativity In Summer Media Arts Camps 845.485.4480 REGISTER TODAY! Find a Camp Near YOU! 1 & 2 week programs for ages 7 & up animations, movies, music videos & more! WHEN FATHER KNOWS BEST (Continued from Page 22)

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