KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Protect Children, Reduce Impact of Neglect. Build Nurturing Parenting

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 @ 12:21 PM

 Since 2017 we have been witnessing a devastating US practice of separating immigrant children from their families at the US-Mexico border.  In early February 2019, Dr. Jack Shonkoff stepped forward to testify to a U.S. Congressional committee that is investigating the response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to this family separation policy  He explained that the trauma that can be caused by such forced family separation and the long-term effects of toxic stress will continue to accumulate until children and their parents/caregivers are reunited. His testimony presented the scientific evidence needed to analyze the effects of the family separation policy.  Dr. Shonkoff is a renowned pediatrician, researcher and the Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  He went on to clarify:

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Tags: parent-child relationship, parenting assessments, child abuse/neglect prevention, adverse experiences/toxic stress, nurturing parenting

Is Quality Parenting More Like Gardening or Carpentry?

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 01:42 PM

All of us in the KIPS community believe that parents play a critical role in promoting children’s healthy development. So it was a precious gift to discover a book this summer that validates the invaluable role of parents and the work we do to support parents. Like tending a garden, parents must protect and nurture their babies, toddlers and children until they can navigate on their own in the wider world.  As we all know, it takes plenty of support from trusted souls like us for parents to gain the knowledge and skills to do the tough job of parenting.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, exploration, nurturing parenting

Talk About Parenting? How to Open the Conversation

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

If you haven’t already looked at the November 2015 issue of the Zero to Three Journal, then this holiday season may be the right time. It opens with a thought-provoking article on parents’ reactions to current messages about parenting challenges and opportunities, exactly what the holidays bring with the increased interactions with extended family. This article, Parenting in the 2000s: Learning From Millenial Moms and Dads [Claire Lerner (2015). Zero To Three Journal, vol. 36(2), pages 2-7.] summarizes the thoughts and feelings of 34 mothers and fathers of young children about key messages currently relayed to parents about raising healthy children and preventing their abuse. The millennial generation of parents (ages mid 20s to 30s) represents 80% of the caregivers for the approximately 4 million US babies born per year. They have the benefit of media messaging on the importance of experiences in the early years for children’s readiness for school and their long-term health and development. Zero To Three wanted to hear some honest discussions of what these messages mean to millennial parents. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting stress, infant mental health, nurturing parenting, parenting messaging