045: How parenting affects child development

Isn’t it kind of a “well, duh?” that parenting affects child development?  But do we know how?  We know it’s not good to have really big fights in front of the kids, but do spousal quarrels screw them up too?  Are there really links between a family’s emotional expressiveness and the child’s later academic performance?  How does the marital relationship affect parenting, and how does parenting affect the marital relationship?

Today we talk with Dr. Laura Froyen, who has a Ph.D in Human Development and Family Studies and seems almost as obsessed with research on child development issues as I am.  You can find much more about her work at www.laurafroyen.com.


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  1. Megan Cooper on August 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I believe Laura mentioned a book called “Bringing Home Baby,” but I can’t seem to find the book anywhere. It’s a book about how the marital relationship changes after having a child. Can you provide the a link to the book please?

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