Science of Parenting: Children’s Views on Aging

AMES, Iowa -- When parents worry about gray hair and wrinkles or complain about getting older, should they also wonder whether their children are listening? During February, family life specialists discuss children’s attitudes about aging in the Science of Parenting blog from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“This month we’ll talk about whether parents’ attitudes toward aging affect their children’s attitudes,” said family life specialist Donna Donald. “Research shows that family influences are among several factors that can impact how children view aging and older people. We’ll also look at the impact from TV, movies, books and jokes, and everyday language and experiences.”

Family life specialist Lori Hayungs added, “Join us as we blog about how to help children view the aging process in a healthy and realistic way.”

Learn more from tips on the blog throughout the month and in a four-minute podcast. Through the Science of Parenting,, ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share and discuss research-based information and resources to help parents rear their children. Parents can join in the conversation and share thoughts and experiences, as well as how they handle parenting responsibilities.

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