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Are you thinking of becoming a parent in the future?

Are thinking of becoming a parent in the future? Would you be willing to answer some confidential questions about your life and your future family? Want a chance to win a $20 Target gift card? The purpose of this study is to examine the many ways people think about and want to create their future families.

 The study consists of an online survey and will take approximately 20-35 minutes of your time. To qualify for the study you have to be over the age of 18, not have any children currently, and want to become a parent in the future. If you have a partner we would like them to participate too! This study has been approved by the Pennsylvania State University IRB #00001200, and I am working with Dr. Henny Bos who is an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Child Development and Education at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

 If you and/or your partner are interested in participating or want further information please contact Dr. Samantha L. Tornello (Principal Investigator) via email or She will send you a web link that you can use to access the study.

 Dr. Samantha Tornello

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Pennsylvania State University-Altoona

(814) 949-5351

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The Role of Technology in Parenting

Guest blogger Amy Williams

Do you recall the coolest gadget from the year 2000?

If I recall, DVDs were one of the newest technologies on the market. Granted, we still had our trusty VCR, could still buy Spice Girls CDs, had to use slow dial-up Internet, and owned only one cell phone. Looking back has really shown us how much technology has changed over the years.

Not too long ago, we were able to limit a child’s exposure technology to just a few cartoons on Saturday morning, or make a conscious choice of when to give your child a quarter to play an arcade game. Today, devices have invaded our lives creating an imbalance of digital screens and face to face interactions.

The technology revolution has placed parents in a dicey situation as they struggle to find a healthy balance while raising digital natives. We need to negotiate a healthy relationship with our devices, because all the data sharing and downloading of apps has the potential to impact a young child’s development. Parents can choose if these experiences will be good or bad for our children.

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Millennials and Parenthood?

Baby limbo: Millennials struggle to find the right time for parenthood

From Yahoo Finance
By Mandi Woodruff January 17, 2015 9:27 PM

Mandy Wallace, 30, never doubted who she would wind up with. She was a teenager when she met her high school sweetheart, Nathan, 31, in their hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. By the time they graduated college in 2009, both with degrees in English, they were already married.

They had talked about having children for years, but with graduation came an unwelcome reality check: a combined $60,000 worth of student loan debt.

“It was paralyzing thinking about how we’d manage to give kids everything they deserved [with this debt],” says Wallace, a fiction writer and writing coach. “It’s enough to make me wonder why anyone feels safe having kids at all.”

Like many other recession-era millennials, she and Nathan decided to put off parenthood for a few years, following a trend that, along with an apparent lack of interest in homeownership, some have worried might stymie economic growth.

Birth rates among 20- to 24-year-olds were down 2% between 2012 and 2013, and birth rates among 25- to 29-year-olds have fallen by 1% each year since 2008, according to the CDC. Despite economists’ fears, however, it doesn’t seem millennials are foregoing the institution of family altogether. Birth rates among older millennials (30- to 34-year-olds) are actually on the rise — up 2% in 2013.

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3 Ways Fathers Make a Difference

The way a father acts with and towards his child has a big influence on his child’s development. Through current scientific research we are now articulating some of the specifics. We can no longer burden mothers with placing the psychological well being of their child solely on the mother-child bond. A number of writers are now making the scientific research on fatherhood  available in “decoded” formats for every parent to have access to. Here are three ways dads make a real difference in the lives of their children.

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