Tuesday, May 10, 2016

News U Can Use: "Moms Have the Toughest Time During Middle School Years"

" While many assume that the most taxing years for mothers are when their children are infants, new research has found that the middle school years are far more challenging.

Aside from puberty, this is a time when the school environment becomes more impersonal, academic grades are much more public, being popular is sought after, and efforts to separate from parents start in earnest.

All of this adds up to a tumultuous time for children — as well as the mothers who must nurture and guide them through this trying period, according to researchers at Arizona State University.

“From the perspective of mothers, there’s a great deal of truth to the saying, ‘Little kids, little problems; big kids, big problems,’” said Arizona State University (ASU) Foundation Professor Suniya Luthar. “Taking care of infants and toddlers is physically exhausting. But as the kids approach puberty, the challenges of parenting are far more complex, and the stakes of things going wrong are far greater.”...