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Every family is unique, and every child has their own quirks. Here at Science of Parenting, we believe that parents are experts on their family and their child(ren). We have a pluralistic approach to parenting, which means we believe there is more than one right way to raise healthy and happy kids. Our role is to share research and information with parents to help them make informed decisions for their family.

On our website, parents can find trustworthy research on popular parenting topics. In our parenting trends section, parents can find recent blog posts written by specialists from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who share their experiences, thoughts and observations about parenting and how they relate to current research. Take a look around the website, look for answers to a specific question by typing in the search bar, or join in the conversation by commenting on a blog post! We are so glad you are here!

Get to know our contributors…

Lori Hayungs Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life

My girls tell me “Don’t use that Temperament mumbo jumbo on me!”  but I do and it WORKS! I have been involved in guidance and discipline of children for the last 18 years. Twenty of them with my own three girls.

I have a passion for helping adults realize how cool kids are – even through the attitudes, the tantrums and the talk-back. Helping figure out ‘why’ kids do what they do and say what they say is one of life’s Great Adventures!

Barbara Dunn Swanson Barbara Dunn-Swanson, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life

With two earned degrees from Iowa State University, Barb is a Human Sciences Specialist utilizing her experience working alongside communities to develop strong youth and families! With humor and compassion, she enjoys teaching, listening and learning to learn!

Mackenzie Johnson Mackenzie Johnson, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life

Parent to a little one with her own quirks. Celebrator of the concept of raising kids “from scratch”. Learner and lover of the parent-child relationship. Translator of research with a dose of reality. Certified Family Life Educator.

The Science of Parenting was designated a 3rd Place National Winner in
Internet Education Technology by National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

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