The Expectation Gap

Tuning In: National Parent Survey

ZERO TO THREE and the Bezos Family Foundation are excited to share the findings from a comprehensive research effort of parents of children aged birth to five.

Tuning In: Parents of Young Children Tell Us What They Think, Know and Need revealed that a majority of parents believe children start developing self-control early in life – much earlier than brain science indicates is possible.

The disconnect between what many parents believe and the realistic ability of children to master self-control results in an important expectation gap that can cause a lot of frustration and stress for both parents and children.

To fill this Expectation Gap, we offer a range of resources to guide parents in knowing what to expect and how to nurture the development of self-control in their young children below.

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