Faculty spotlight: How parents can team up to bring down stress, emotional problems, and family conflict - even during a pandemic

The hectic pace of modern life can make it challenging for couples to find time to discuss, coordinate, and problem solve with each other around parenting. But according to Mark Feinberg, research professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, parents who work together to coordinate and support each other around childrearing can expect to see tremendous benefits both for themselves and their children. Feinberg studies how parents who collaborate effectively can create happier and healthier families—even in stressful periods like the current pandemic. He’ll share a framework for understanding parenting teamwork, discuss the results of research evaluating a program supporting parenting teamwork, and describe how some small changes in the ways parents communicate can result in fewer conflicts and more positive feelings for parents and children alike.