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“Positive parenting practices demonstrate robust protective effects, independent of the number of adverse childhood experiences. This evidence supports promotion of positive parenting practices at home, especially for children exposed to high levels of adversity.”  (American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2019:56(4)530-539.)


The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study found the more positive mother-child interactions during the first 16 years of life predicted higher education in adulthood and less decline in episodic memory or the memory of autobiographical events. The results provide evidence for the broad and enduring effects of early life maternal relationships on later life developmental processes. Enduring Effects of Mother-Child Interactions. Science Daily.  5.9.19


The early years of a child’s life are the most important for laying the foundation for a healthy life and brain.  This development is facilitated by using specific parenting skills: 

Baby Cues                                    Providing Simple Choices

Baby Signs                                   Parting and Returning Affirmations

Centering/Stress Reduction     Reading to Children

Continuity and Repetition       Sportscasting/Narrating

Following Children’s Lead       Turn Taking Interactions

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