Almost everyone agrees that good parenting is important, but few agree on exactly what it is—especially in a time of changing gender roles and family structures, new technology, and fluid parenting norms and expectations. Some people bristle at the notion of good parenting itself, and resist messages they perceive as instructing parents to behave in certain ways.
Parenting experts, however, have coalesced around a set of parenting practices that research shows promote children’s development and wellbeing, reduce social disparities, and strengthen family, civic, and community life. FrameWorks has conducted research into how best to communicate expert views with the public to deepen understanding of effective, evidence-based practices and build support for programs and policies that support them.
**New** Perceptions of Parenting: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Effective Parenting in Australia (2016)
The Australian public recognizes the importance of parenting, but few Australians are aware of the science behind it or understand how systemic solutions can improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. This report compares public understanding of effective parenting practices with expert views and makes recommendations that advocates can use bring public views into alignment with expert perspectives.