Supporting Goal Success

Goal setting is one of those topics that we all know is important, but can prove to be challenging. For this reason it comes up frequently during trainings. Goal setting is a new skill for many families and at the same time, supporting families in writing goals is often a new skill for the home…

Where’s the Research?

It is so exciting that parents are thinking critically and asking good questions. This question is harder to answer than one would expect, but not because of a lack of evidence. It becomes challenging to summarize the abundance of evidence showing the impact of nurturing, empathic, responsive parenting behaviors on self-regulation in children. Because of…

Building a Relationship with your Conversation Guide

Often at the beginning of the GGK training week, we find participants feeling uncomfortable with the concept of the conversation guide. At a recent training, one home visitor mentioned that visiting with a family using a conversation guide seemed more formal than her normal interactions. GGK trainer, Zoe Lemme, uses the analogy of dating. “When…

Building Blocks for Self-Discipline

In the GGK for Preschoolers in Home Visiting Programs Curriculum Manual, we discuss the Building Blocks for Self-Discipline. This week, we will offer some ideas on how parents can begin teaching children internal control. Learning self-control is a developmental issue. Children are not born with the ability to manage their own emotions. This ability forms over…