KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Can Parents Promote Resilience in Their Children?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

As I look out my window I am struck by the resilience of nature.  As spring fades into summer, the hollies, that suffered severe frost damage from the persistent cold winter winds and looked nearly dead, have recently sprouted new leaves and seem on their way to a full recovery.  These hollies remind me of the amazing resilience that many children unveil in the face of overwhelmingly adverse experiences (e.g., chronic poverty, physical or sexual abuse, severe neglect, domestic violence) that crush some children, but trigger adaptation in others.

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Tags: parent-child relationship, resilience, executive function

Excited about Smart Start and Sharing Parenting Assessment Experiences!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sun, Apr 26, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

The National Smart Start Conference will be held in Greensboro, NC the first week of May.  

For a close look at innovative strategies in health, education and family support programs, conference participants can choose from more than 60 workshops during the 3-day conference.  This is one of my favorite early childhood conferences because of its manageable size (approximately 1000 participants from across the US), the openness of participants to sharing ideas, and mixing of early education and family support practitioners ranging from frontline teachers and family support workers to administrators, evaluators, researchers and policymakers. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, exploration, executive function, parenting program funding - advocacy