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Dr. Becky Doesn’t Think the Goal of Parenting Is to Make Your Kid Happy

By David Marchese — 2021

Every generation, sometimes building on and sometimes rejecting what came before, develops its own ideas about parenting. For many millennials, the clinical psychologist Becky Kennedy, a.k.a. Dr. Becky, is the person whom they trust to deliver those ideas.

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Children’s Well-Being