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Fredericksburg Academy to Host Talk by Nationally Recognized Parenting Researchers


2 Fredericksburg Academy, in partnership with the FA Parent-Faculty Association, will sponsor a talk on Thursday, January 16, 2014, by two nationally recognized parenting scholars. Speakers Miriam Liss, Ph.D. and Holly Schiffrin, Ph.D., are University of Mary Washington psychology professors who have been published widely in scholarly journals and popular media.


1They will deliver a one-hour presentation titled "Parenting in Moderation" about their research on "intensive" and "helicopter" parenting. Their talk, which will be presented in FA's Reed Theater at 7 p.m. on January 16, is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Drs. Liss and Schiffrin received national media attention for their 2012 study "Insight into the Parenthood Paradox: Mental Health Outcomes of Intensive Mothering" with co-author Kathryn Rizzo. The study, which was published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, has been featured on, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, and on Time Magazine's website. Drs. Liss and Schiffrin were also co-authors of the 2013 article, "Helping or Hovering? The Effects of Helicopter Parenting on College Students' Well-Being" in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Their book, Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield this year.

"We are thrilled to host Dr. Liss and Dr. Schiffrin and are excited to provide the opportunity for parents to learn from their research," said Fredericksburg Academy Head of School Karen Moschetto. "At FA, we focus on developing lifelong learners—that extends to parents as well."

Directions to Fredericksburg Academy are available here. Questions about this event should be directed to Beth Hunsinger, Director of Communications, at 540.898.0020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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