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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 Events, Classes & Workshops

Classes, workshops and events designed to support parent well-being and effective parenting practices.

Related Resources


Maternal Mental Health and Child Adjustment Problems in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Families Experiencing Economic Disadvantage

Abstract Parents living in low-income contexts shouldered disproportionate hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic with consequences to maternal mental health and child adjustment. The current study uses a sample of first-time mothers (N=147) of young toddlers, all living in low-income contexts, to examine the roles of pre-pandemic and COVID-19-specific risk and individual resilience factors in the

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Examining interactions between negative emotionality and effortful control in predicting preadolescent adjustment problems

In concurrent and longitudinal analyses, we examined negative emotionality-by-effortful control interactions in predicting anxiety, depression, and conduct problems in 214 children aged 8–12.

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Child and Family Well-Being As We Emerge From COVID-19: A Multi-Disciplinary Conversation About How to Support Children and Families After the Pandemic

A multi-disciplinary conversation about how to support children and families after the pandemic with Heather Hill, Ph.D., Anisa M. Ibrahim, MD, Ann Ishimaru Ed.D., and Liliana J. Lengua, Ph.D.

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Seattle Children’s Programa Apapachos del Alma

Estas clases gratuitas por internet buscan que tengamos la oportunidad de sacar un espacio para cuidarnos a nosotros mismos. Cuando cuidamos de nosotros mismos, estamos cuidando de los demás. Los grupos son dirigidos a madres, padres y otros familiares de niños de diferentes edades, dependiendo del curso.

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Seattle Children’s Free Online Mindfulness Groups for Parents and Caregivers

A team of parent leaders and partners from Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and the Arc of King County have created a culturally relevant mindfulness and compassion program. Join them for an opportunity to connect with other parents and share strategies to cope with challenges. They offer weekly drop-ins on Wednesdays, Soul Sundays for the Black Community, and short meditations in Spanish and English.

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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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