KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Five Ways to Prepare for a Baby as a Single Disabled Parent

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 04:01 PM

Guest Blog by

Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a freelance writer, photographer, and advocate for people with disabilities. 

She created Disabled to provide information and resources to other parents with disabilities. 

When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


Becoming a parent is an immense privilege, but it's also a time full of challenges. Having a disability can complicate things, and as a single parent, there are other obstacles to overcome. However, the joys that come with parenthood are profound, and with the right preparation, the stresses and challenges we face can be overcome. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting stress, family support-partnership-services, parenting support, parents with disabilities

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

Parenting Services Burnout: How It Happens & How to Prevent It

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

One morning over breakfast, Laura started crying. Sobbing, she looked at her husband and said, “I don’t know what’s happened to me. I used to love working with parents, but now I think I need to quit my job.”  Laura has been a home visitor 6 years. At first she totally loved her work. She got up each morning filled with energy and optimism about what the day would bring. Over time, things changed. Funding cuts led to larger caseloads. She could barely keep up with her families, paperwork and parenting assessments. Demands on her supervisors’ time increased so much that they rarely met anymore. Laura stopped taking time off, feeling like she just couldn’t because there was so much to do. Sometimes the families she worked with blurred into a mass of never-ending needs and she started wishing they’d just leave her alone. She was always tired, no matter how much sleep she got. She felt as though no matter how hard she worked or how many hours she put in, things never got better. She couldn’t remember anymore what it felt like to be excited about her work.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting services, parenting stress, staff burnout, burnout prevention