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Kentucky Strengthening Families

Knowledge of Child Development

Social Connections

Parents aren’t expected to know all the answers. Children’s needs change with age. Understanding how your child grows and where you can go to get the information you need may help you better understand your child and reduce frustrations.

What it looks like:

  • Families identify realistic expectations for their child's development.
  • Families possess a commitment to life long learning.
  • Families practice positive discipline techniques to effectively manage their child’s behavior.
  • Families recognize and respond appropriately to their child's specific developmental needs.

Everyday actions:

  • Demonstrate in multiple ways that parents are valued
  • Support parents as decision-makers and help build decision-making and leadership skills
  • Help families value, build, sustain and use social connections
  • Facilitate mutual support
  • Promote engagement in the community and participation in community activities
  • Arrange family field trips and activities
  • Work closely with parent advisory groups

What can I do?

  • Provide information and resources on parenting and child development
  • Encourage parents to observe, ask questions, explore parenting issues and try out new strategies
  • Address parenting issues from a strength based perspective
  • Share observations with parents about the child's strengths and the parent's strengths
  • Make parent information available in family’s home language