How Practitioners Can Help Families Support Self-Regulation

Self-regulation: the act of managing thoughts and feelings to enable goal-directed actions. The development of self-regulation begins at birth and continues into young adulthood and beyond. The home environment including a child’s relationship with their parents and primary caregivers, is the biggest influence on a child’s ability to develop self-regulation skills.Home visiting professionals have a […]

How Educators Can Employ Motivational Interviewing Techniques With Reluctant Parents

Brief Description Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, directive method designed to enhance client motivation for behavior change. It focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence by increasing intrinsic motivation to change. MI can be used by itself, as well as in combination with other treatments. It has been utilized in pretreatment work to engage and […]

Perspectives: “Effective Practices” and “Parents’ Day”

Parents’ Day Parents’ Day is July 24.  Parents’ Day was established in 1994 to celebrate and recognize the important role of responsible parenting in every day family life.  President Bill Clinton signed a congressional resolution to commemorate Parents’ Day in an effort to promote family commitment and parental responsibilities. Families are a fundamental human institution; […]

Shouldn’t We All Go Home Before 4?

Neither being proactive nor consciously preparing for successful transitioning into school, my children were already strong readers by the age of three. Also, not fulfilling a requirement for a professional credential, I was fulfilling my role as a parent. Unfortunately, not every parent possesses the tools to do so, but they can with our targeted support. We can help them by […]