Parenting Resources

Helping Infants Learn to Take Initiative

Infants have the ability to comfort themselves and entertain themselves – if given the opportunity to do so.

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Teaching Children to Take Initiative

Learning to take initiative as a child is critical to achieving success in adulthood.

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Your “Smart” Child

Rethinking the Concept of "Smart": The 8 different categories of intelligence

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Building Independence in Children

Expert advice and helpful information for building independence in infants, toddlers, elementary-age children and teens.

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Building Independence in Infants

Ideas on how parents can begin preparing their infants for independence

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Teaching Generosity to Children

Research shows giving makes people happier than receiving.

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Sensitive or Responsive Parenting for Infants

When parents are responsive to infants and sensitive to their needs, infants feel more secure and trusting of parents.

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Sensitive or Responsive Parenting

Providing a secure base from which children can explore their environments – and thereby learn.

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Positive Reinforcement for Newborns and Infants

Parents timely response to their infants’ cries provides positive reinforcement to the child that parents are available and needs will be met

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Positive Reinforcement

A very powerful and effective teaching tool that can help shape and change behavior, positive reinforcement works by presenting a motivating item (reward) after the desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen again.

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