Inglis isn't alone. A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows just how powerful children can be in shifting their parents' deeply-held positions. In the study, parents of middle school students enrolled in a climate change curriculum grew more concerned about climate change, and the effect was especially strong in conservative parents who started out with little concern. "Basically, kids are giving us this ability to work together towards solutions," says Danielle Lawson, who studies climate change communication at North Carolina State University and is the study's lead author. "It's almost as though when the child is reading the thermometer, parents are willing to listen in a different way."