Maisie. Credit: Sarah Foley

Parents should not feel pressured to make their young children undertake structured learning or achieve specific tasks, particularly during lockdown. A new study of children under the age of two has found that parents who take a more flexible approach to their child’s learning can—for children who were easy babies—minimize behavioral problems during toddlerhood.

The flexible method of parenting, known as ‘autonomy support,” places emphasis on the taking the lead. As the child engages in tasks, should watch and adjust how they respond according to how the child is managing, say the researchers. They