Babies and children, families and communities do the research on what it takes for them to flourish. Listen with us to what they’ve been learning. Watch a webinar. Check out the Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative. Join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Learning Network. Join the conversation.
At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC), we believe that parents and families are the experts on their children. From the start, your children’s behavior shows you who they are as unique individuals, the strengths they bring into the world that you can count on, and what they need from you to learn, grow and thrive. Some children communicate all this more clearly than others. Some have strengths and needs that are easier or more challenging for the adults who care for them to respond to. You bring your passionate caring to your responses, along with the unique life experiences and cultural values that shape your concerns and hopes for your child.
That’s why there can’t be one instruction manual for raising all children, and why, instead, parenting is a process of trial and error. This can be deeply rewarding — and challenging. Learning from what doesn’t work and trying again takes confidence in yourself as a parent or adult caregiver, and support and encouragement from those around you.
But sometimes, the ways children change and grow can make it even harder to trust yourself. Just as you may have thought you were getting the hang of how to be your child’s parent, a sudden new step in your child’s development may throw you off balance — as well as your child, the whole family, and those with whom you may be sharing your child’s care.
Connect with us to learn more about the predictable ups and downs of babies’ and children’s development, about how to prepare and find your way through to your child’s next step ahead.
Family to Family Real Talk — Join the conversations about what it’s really like to raise a family in today’s challenging world. If you’d like reassurance, support, and encouragement for how you’re doing as a parent or caregiver, join us, and other parents and caregivers. You aren’t alone. These conversations are safe and welcoming spaces to explore the joys and challenges of parenthood with families that may be a little — or a lot — like yours.
Families Today — the now classic New York Times syndicated column
Touchpoints and Brazelton Way books