Caring Environment

Why Is A Caring Environment Important?

A caring environment is essential for children to develop the skills to cope with stress and everyday life. Parents and caregivers who nurture their child help them grow up healthier, more social, more confident, more curious, and give them a better chance at succeeding in life.

“Talk with a Doc” Presentations:

Download the materials from Good4Growth’s “Talk with a Doc” series, a monthly presentation given by health professionals, each focusing on a topic that promotes healthy childhood development. For each topic, watch the featured video and share the downloadable materials with other friends and parents.

"Build Children Up With Words" by Robert Murray, MD, FAAP

  • Positive and reinforcing words help children to develop the skills to cope with stress and everyday life. Parents and caregivers who nurture children through caring and compassionate words help their young ones to grow into happy, healthy, and successful adults. Below are presentation materials that demonstrate how we can all be more nurturing adults to the children in our lives.

    Presentation Video Automated PowerPoint (“Talk with a Doc” #1 – November, 2015) : Lead by Robert Murray, MD, FAAP. Check out this Automated PowerPoint on “Building Children Up With Words” to find out how you can help improve your child’s language development, as well as share this method with your friends.  (read Dr. Murray’s bio here)

    PowerPoint : Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

    Handout #1: Download this handout with the main talking points from the “Building Children Up with Words” presentation. Share with other adults when speaking about the subject.

    Handout #2: Download this handout to learn more about best practices and useful information on how to build children up with words. Share with other adults during your presentation.

"Relationship-Based Discipline" by Robert Murray , MD, FAAP

  • Used correctly, discipline can help to build and reinforce appropriate behaviors and attitudes in children. Parents and caregivers who practice relationship-based discipline with children help young ones to more effectively control and understand their emotions, promoting positive emotional and social development as they grow into adults. Below are presentation materials that demonstrate how we can use discipline in a way that positively impacts children in our lives.

    Automated PowerPoint Presentation (“Talk with a Doc” #2 – December, 2015) : Lead by Robert Murray, MD, FAAP. View an automated PowerPoint sharing helpful tips and information on how adults can practice relationship-based discipline with the children in their lives. (read Dr. Murray’s bio here)

    PowerPoint Presentation :  Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

    Handout : Download this handout with the main talking points from the “Relationship-Based Discipline” presentation. Share with other adults when speaking about the subject.

"The Mother-Baby Relationship" by Robert Murray , MD, FAAP

The month’s leading up to a baby’s birth have a huge impact on how a fetus grows and develops into a healthy child.  In this sense, the mother-child relationship begins at conception, not at birth. A mother can build a positive, nurturing environment for her growing fetus by living a healthy lifestyle, paying close attention to her diet, activity, habits, stresses, and behaviors. Below are presentation materials that demonstrate how a mom can create a positive environment for her child, starting at conception.

Automated PowerPoint Presentation (“Talk with a Doc” #3 – January, 2015) : Lead by Robert Murray, MD, FAAP. View an automated PowerPoint sharing helpful tips and information on you can help to foster a healthy mother-baby relationship. (read Dr. Murray’s bio here)

PowerPoint : Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

Handout:  Download this handout to learn more about best practices and useful information on how to create a healthy mother-baby relationship. Share with other adults during your presentation.

"Stress and the Brain" by Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

Stress and adversity are normal parts of life. While positive stress has the ability to generate motivation and build the coping skills to handle future adversity, negative stress may result in unhealthy ways of coping. That is why it is important to support children at a young age in learning how to proactively respond to adversity and stressful emotions.

Automated PowerPoint Presentation (“Talk with a Doc” #4 – February, 2016) : Lead by Andrew Garner, MD, FAAP. View an automated PowerPoint sharing helpful tips and information on you can help to manage and respond to stress in children. (read Dr. Garner’s bio here)

PowerPoint Presentation : Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

Handout:  Download this handout to learn more about best practices and useful information on how to teach children to respond proactively to stress. Share with other adults during your presentation.

"Addressing Common Behavior Problems" by Rebecca Baum, MD

While tantrums and other forms of child misbehavior can be frustrating to manage at times, these types of behaviors can also be important clues in helping adults to understand what a child really needs. View the resources below to learn more about why child misbehavior occurs and how to manage challenging behavioral patterns in children.

Presentation Video Automated PowerPoint (“Talk with a Doc” #5 – March, 2016) : Lead by Rebecca Baum, MD. Check out this Automated PowerPoint on “Building Children Up With Words” to find out how you learn more about managing misbehavior in children.  (read Dr. Baum’s bio here)

PowerPoint Presentation : Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

Handout:  Download this handout to learn more about best practices and useful information on how to teach children to respond proactively to stress. Share with other adults during your presentation.

"Promoting Resilience in Children: Building A Relational Home" by James Duffee, MD, MPH

Why do some children thrive in the face of adversity and others falter? Are children born resilient? Or is resilience a skill they build based on early experiences?  What can parents do to promote resilience in children and how can communities support parents in their effort? When parents are unavailable, how can other caretakers help?  These are some of the questions we will ask ourselves and try to answer in a conversation with Dr. James Duffee about “Promoting Resilience in Children: Building a Relational Home.”

Presentation Video Automated PowerPoint (“Talk with a Doc” #6 –  April, 2016): Lead by James Duffee, MD, MPH. Check out this AutomatedPowerPoint on “Promoting Resilience in Children: Building A Relational Home” to find out how you learn more about building resilience in children.  (read Dr. Duffee’s bio here)

PowerPoint: Download the PowerPoint presentation from the “Talk with a Doc” session and share the PPT with other parents & friends.

Handout:  Download this handout to learn more about best practices and useful information on how to teach children to respond proactively to adversity and build resilience. Share with other adults during your presentation.

Caring Environment Toolkit:

Use the tools below to access educational resources, such as flyers, posters, age-appropriate activities, articles by parents and health professionals, and evidence-based research.

Videos (for presentations or sharing online)

Good4Growth Video

A video outlining the background and goals of Good4Growth. Share this story through your personal networks to help grow our mission.

Parent/Caregiver Resources

Building Children Up With Words Handout

Pass out this flyer to drive awareness on how families, caretakers, and professionals can create a caring environment for children.

Poster

Here is a fun poster for your school, daycare center, office, or home to help build kids up with words.

Building Resilience in Children 

An article on how we can care for a child from a place of love and understanding, helping build their resilience in life.

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Good4Growth is a partnership that gives parents, caregivers, or anyone that touches the life of a child – practical tools and tips for creating a happy, healthy environment for kids.