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Supporting Parent Well-Being and Effective Parenting Practices

Supporting children’s well-being means supporting their parents, too

When parents develop positive relationships with their children, children are more likely to be happier, healthier, and more resilient. They grow up with strong social skills, learn to be empathic and curious, and are better able to regulate their emotions.

In our research, we evaluate practical approaches to promote warm, responsive, consistent parenting which increases children’s social and emotional competence. Our findings inform our programs, which are infused with mindfulness and resilience practices for parents to support their stress-management, emotion regulation and well-being.

Our goal is to support parents with the skills they need to connect fully with their children, and create nurturing, responsive and consistent relationships so their children can flourish.

Addressing Adversity & Inequity

Our work with parents is closely connected to our focus on addressing adversity and inequity. Parents experiencing adversity now or in the past may face their own emotional and mental health challenges. We are deeply committed to developing trauma-informed, evidence-based practices that provides all parents with the support they need – so everybody thrives.

Current Research, Projects & Programs

Parenting Resources

From tip sheets to guided meditations, we offer parenting resources that are rooted in research, simple to access and easy to incorporate into your life. Visit Resources >

NEW Moms Connect: Nurturing Emotional Well-being

We are exploring the benefits of different mindfulness and self-compassion based programs for mothers during the perinatal period. To our knowledge, this is the first large study on mindfulness with families living in a low-income context. Learn about NEW Moms >

Research Study: SEACAP

We’ve been studying how mindfulness-based parenting can impact a child’s social and emotional well-being – especially for families dealing with adversity and inequity. Learn about SEACAP >

Related Resources


Awareness of Thoughts (10 minutes)

This guided practice allows you to become familiar with your mind’s patterns, which is a foundation to strengthening mindfulness and resilience, led by Ann Hollar.

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CCFW Emotions and Stress Handout

This list helps strengthen emotional literacy in adults and children alike; it includes synonyms for feelings, physical sensations, and sources of stress.

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Peace & Kindness Meditation (15 minutes)

This practice, also known as Loving Kindness, promotes compassion and self-compassion, led by Diane Hetrick.

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Peace & Kindness Meditation (10 minutes)

This practice, also known as Loving Kindness, promotes compassion and self-compassion, led by Robyn Long.

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Gratitude Meditation (10 minutes)

This meditation promotes a deep sense of appreciation by focusing on aspects of life that are supportive to our well-being, led by Ann Hollar.

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Academic Partners

We collaborate with partners in a variety of fields, both across the University of Washington and at other universities and research centers.
UW School of Nursing
UW School of Nursing
UW College of Education
UW School of Public Health
UW Psychology
UW Psychology
UW Psychology

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