KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Positive Parenting Leads to Infant/Toddler Mental Health

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sun, Oct 25, 2015 @ 06:08 PM

Child Trends 5 issues a series of monthly e-newsletters summarizing current research about children and youth.  The October 2015 newsletter, Child Trends:  Five Things to Know about Mental Wellness in Early Childhood is brief, but packed with lots of links to solid research. The authors highlighted facts about the mental wellness of infants and toddlers, birth to 3 years old.  Because parents and other significant caregivers are responsible for the early environments that young children experience, this newsletter focuses on what parents/caregivers need to understand and how they can promote children’s mental wellness during the first 3 years of life.

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Tags: parent-child interaction, parent-child relationship, attachment, resilience, emotional development, mental health

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

Resilient Children in Foster/Adoptive Care? Parenting Is Key

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sat, Feb 21, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Have you ever wondered what happened to the children you’ve known who were in foster or adoptive care?  As these children were growing up, what did “being in care” mean to them?  As young adults, what are they doing now?  What did they learn from those early life lessons that makes them who they are today?  If you’re like me, you have a thousand questions.  From personal experience within my extended family, I am honored and in awe to have witnessed the growth, grit and perseverance of the foster children who have grown to thriving young adults because of the nurturing of loving families.  I’ve seen how the foster and adoptive parents’ efforts have been so vital to helping my nieces and nephews grow into successful adults.

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Tags: assessing parenting, protective factors, attachment, resilience, foster/adoption, child abuse/neglect prevention