One-year-old Emily offers her dad, The Sporkful's Dan Pashman, a bite of watermelon (before dropping it on the floor). Jennifer Hsu/WNYC hide caption

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A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program. Marty Lipp/Courtesy of Harlem Children's Zone hide caption

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If kids head off to the park to play by themselves, are their parents failing to protect them? Or are they fostering independence? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Having a narcissistic parent doesn't mean you're going to turn out that way, too. GraphicaArtis/Corbis hide caption

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Silvester Fullard fixes dinner for his 11-year-old son Tavestsiar. When Tavestsiar first came to live with his dad in 2010, he was closed off, Silvester says; "he didn't want to be around other kids." Charles Mostoller for NPR hide caption

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Most parents have a favorite child, psychologists say, even if they try to be fair. Hero Images Inc./Corbis hide caption

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People who practice free-range parenting say it makes kids more independent, but others see it as neglect. State and local laws don't specify what children are allowed to do on their own. iStockphoto hide caption

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Phillip Underwood and Michelle Sheridan and their children, Logan and Lilliana, gather in their living room in Frederick, Md., after a long day of work and school. The couple had delayed marriage, in part for financial reasons. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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