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What do grown-ups know about child development?
A 1997 landmark survey sponsored by Zero to Three, among others, revealed a surprising lack of accurate child development information among adults.  According to Kyle Pruett, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University Child Study Center, and president of Zero to Three, “We’re potentially raising overly aggressive children who react to situations with intimidation and bullying, instead of cooperation and understanding; children who won’t be able to tolerate frustration, wait their turn, or respect the needs of others.”

The survey was called “What Grown-Ups Understand About Child Development:  A National Benchmark Survey,” and looked at the child development knowledge of 3000 adults.  The results show that adults need more and better information in the areas of spoiling and spanking, their expectations of kids at different ages, and the best kinds of play.

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