During times of transition and challenge, parents and caregivers can regain a sense of calm by embracing adaptability and choosing connection rather than control.
In a world full of conflict, stress, and distraction, human connection is more than just a pleasant change of pace; it is the biological basis for our capacity to bridge and heal.
Emotional expression by parents orients children and primes them both for autonomic emotional connection, even amidst distractions, stress, and trauma.
The Project Manager for Pediatrics Supporting Parents shares insights from Durham Partners for Early Relational Health about co-designing collaborative efforts to transform health care systems, with all stakeholders having a seat at the table.
Meera Mani of The David & Lucile Packard Foundation reflects on five years of collaboration in philanthropy.
Fostering Social and Emotional Health through Pediatric Primary Care: Common Threads to Transform Everyday Practice and Systems
With support from the Pediatrics Supporting Parents (PSP) funder collaborative, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) studied ways that pediatric primary care could promote positive outcomes around social and emotional development, the parent-child relationship, and parents’ mental health. This report synthesizes 3 categories of action and 14 common practices as well as recommendations for systemic reform.
Dr. Martha G. Welch, of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, explains that emotional connection between two people is not a mental process alone. It involves “gut brain” signaling cues from the body up to the brain. We learn how to relate starting in the womb, as the mother’s and baby’s bodies influence and regulate each other. Dr. Welch shares research on the neurobiological basis behind relationship formation.
Funders are joining together to support emotional connection for families.