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 Parenting

Responsiveness to children is the one aspect of parenting that can bring the most rewards in regards to a child's cognitive, social and emotional growth and development..

 

Responsive care involves being able to recognize, understand and then accurately respond to the cues and behaviors your child is expressing. This is important at all ages, and of course the type of behavior presented by the child, and the challenge that this presents to you as a parent, changes as the child develops.

 

When you as a parent or caregiver are able to do this on a mostly consistent basis, it results in your child developing a sense of security that he or she will feel safe and supported when feeling distressed. Once your child feels this support, they then are able to have the confidence to return to exploration and learning.  Your child will also be better able to regulate and understand their emotions as well as those of others around them. This has lasting benefits for your child as he or she grows.

The Center has been involved in supporting research in the field of attachment studies which directly relates to the responsive care of children. Another area of focus has been the dissemination of this knowledge and the programs that have been created by consortium members and other colleagues as a result of this work.