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
One of the most common questions we are asked is: What type of camera do I need to buy to record video for our parenting assessments? Using video when working with families is increasingly common, especially valuable with hard-to-reach parents, and can be fun for families and service providers alike. Video is one way to enhance family engagement and self-reflection, giving parents the opportunity to see their interactions with their children through a different lens. You may want to film a birthday celebration, a graduation, a parent-child play group, a parenting assessment, a home visit, or a parent coaching session. As we discussed in a previous blog, video is also a wonderful way to create a family journal. Whatever the reason, the video will only be valuable for you and for sharing with the family if you can see and hear it clearly.