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  • Op-Ed: To beat addiction, stop the trauma that often causes it

    AS I THINK about how we try to address the current heroin crisis, I am drawn to the conclusion that we will fail in our attempts to resolve the crisis until we begin to talk about the private conditions that lead to the public problems.

  • Debbie Farr

    Positive discipline basics in one simple word - RICE

    A key protective factor for children is the knowledge parents and caregivers have about parenting.  One of the key areas of parenting research has been in discipline.  Many of us uploaded what we saw or experienced as children and automatically download that to our children.  But research is demonstrating positive discipline is producing better parent-child communication, smoother discipline processes, and well-adjusted children.

  • 'Simply talking': How one mom models respect for children

    ...At one point, the boys were running and jumping and yelling to each other.  She calmly explained that since there were others around, they needed to use quieter, indoor voices even though they were outside.  The boys seemed to understand and responded with lower voices immediately.  But it didn’t take long for the noise level to increase a bit again.  What Mom did next was perfect...

  • Families get a little extra at local resource centers

    “I thought it was a place for people who were really underprivileged or didn’t have means,” she said. Like many other people, this is how Jen, a mother of two, said she initially perceived family resource centers. Although her perception wasn’t wrong, it also wasn’t complete.

  • How my partner and I protect our son from sexual abuse

    As a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and now a mother to a 7-year-old boy, one of my driving motivations is to prevent victimhood from becoming a family tradition.

  • 'Putting out Fires,' and Protective Factors

    For a very long time when dealing with the issue of child abuse, it seemed social service agencies, schools, foster parents, doctors, birth parents and society as a whole has spent the majority of its time putting out fires. Now that is not to say that the idea of prevention as a child abuse elimination strategy did not exist, it was, at least in this writers opinion, the landscape from here to the horizon seemed to be littered with a never ending supply of smallish fires requiring constant intervention in order to prevent a massive blaze. The idea prevention could be our strongest tool in the battle was somewhere on the other side of the fires.

  • Protecting your infant

    Listening to your baby cry can be heart-wrenching. We are brought up to feel not just responsible for our children, but also to relate to their emotions, and when they cry we can get sucked into their distress. Researchers call this emotional contagion and it is an important part of how humans relate to one another, especially in infancy.

  • Defining toxic stress from a community perspective

    In recent years, important attention has been paid to the concept of toxic stress and its impact on development. As scientific understanding of toxic stress grows, communities across the country are finding ways to prevent and respond to toxic stress in the lives of community members, particularly young children and their families. Six such communities are working together in the EC-LINC Learning Lab on Community Responses to Toxic Stress, facilitated by the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

  • Soothing a Crying Infant - Part 2

    Here are questions to ask when your baby is crying and needs comforting...

  • School nurse brings infant abuse prevention to high school students

    SWANZEY – “None of the kids had heard of the Period of PURPLE Crying®, but they have all heard the term ‘shaken baby syndrome’", said Monadnock School District’s nurse, Lynn Johns, “Many of the kids have younger siblings and/or babysit young babies and children, so this information is so important for them to learn.”