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The science of Engaged Parenting

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5 things parents should do everyday

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Why babies need humans, not screens

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5 ways to set up your baby for success

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5 Steps for Brain Building Serve-and-Return

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Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive—with lots of back and forth interactions—build a strong foundation in a child’s brain for all future learning and development. This is called “serve and return,” and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps to practice serve and return with your child.

Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for Practitioners

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We all need a set of core life skills (or, adult capabilities) to manage work, family, and relationships successfully. These skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility. No one is born with these skills, but we can all learn them over time. And, although it’s much easier to learn core life skills when you’ve had a strong foundation early in life, it’s also never too late. Brains continue to develop into our teen and adult years, which means adults can still learn and strengthen skills.

This guide for practitioners explains the science behind our core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help, including:

  • 5 Ways to Help Adults Build Their Core Life Skills
  • How Stress Affects Our Core Life Skills
  • 4 Ways to Deliver Services That Reduce Stress

How Children and Adults Can Build Core Capabilities for Life

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Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video explores the development and use of core capabilities — known as executive function and self-regulation skills — from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

Building on the Center’s 2013 video presenting the theory that building adult capabilities is necessary to improve child outcomes, this new video describes what these skills are, why they are important, how they develop, and how they are affected by stress. It combines an allegorical “scribe” storytelling technique with new animation of brain development to show how positive conditions support the development of these skills, and how adverse conditions make it harder to build and use them.

Take home Friday Tips

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Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video explores the development and use of core capabilities — known as executive function and self-regulation skills — from early childhood into adolescence and adulthood.

Building on the Center’s 2013 video presenting the theory that building adult capabilities is necessary to improve child outcomes, this new video describes what these skills are, why they are important, how they develop, and how they are affected by stress. It combines an allegorical “scribe” storytelling technique with new animation of brain development to show how positive conditions support the development of these skills, and how adverse conditions make it harder to build and use them.

Vroom

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Over 1,000 free activities! Boost your child’s learning with fast and fun tips. Give your child a great start in life today—and an even better future. Vroom tips add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime!

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