Parenting Temperament and Fit

May 2, 2012 - 2:45 PM
This Wednesday, May 2, 2012 image shows the cover of the 1999 book “Goodness of Fit” by child psychiatrists Drs. Alexander Thomas and Stella Chess. Their research showed that a good “fit” between children and parents results when adult expectations, values and demands are in accord with a child's natural temperament, capacities and behaviors. Thomas and Chess were married; he died in 2003 and she died in 2007, but their research and theories on temperament are still used by child experts today. (AP Photo/Routledge)