Have you ever wondered how to explain “responsive parenting”? It’s not easy to put into words. It’s much easier to illustrate and understand using video. Take a look at a new video, How to: 5 Steps for Brain Building Serve and Return, from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. It walks step-by-step through video examples of parents and other caregivers as they play, shop, and cook with their young children. The video shows each responsive adult’s undivided attention as s/he notices a child’s action, then follows the child’s lead to respond. These “serve and return” interactions happen when a child says or does something and the adult responds in a timely and focused manner to support the child’s action. Such continual back-and-forth interactions are essential parenting skills that build the child’s brain and the parent-child relationship during the earliest years of development from birth to 5 years.Read More
KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research
You work hard to help parents be the best parents they can be in supporting their children's lifelong health, learning and well-being. Observational parenting assessment using video can be a powerful tool in helping parents see their strengths and find opportunities for growth. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much would you say a video is worth?