95 technicians from 20 Centers for the Attention to Childhood and Family (CAIF, for its acronym in Spanish), from all over the country, participated in a face-to-face training in the framework of the study “Positive Parenting: identifying and promoting parental skills to contribute to child development”, in which researchers from the School of Business and Economics of the UM participate.
The activity was run by Esteban Gómez, a psychologist from the Chilean foundation “America for childhood development”. Since the project began, a total of 60 CAIF centers and 200 technicians have joined the proposal, thus impacting more than 1000 families.
Ana Balsa (UM), Alejandro Cid (UM), Juanita Bloomfield (UM), María del Luján González (Universidad Católica del Uruguay) and Rosario Valdés (Faith and Happiness Association) conform the group of researchers who developed the study, and led the training. They are also supported by the Reaching U foundation.
Childhood development is strongly connected to the quality of the interactions between children and their parents during the early years of the child’s life. Positive parenting seeks the creation of solid bonds and a structured environment within the family. This includes stimulation, support and recognition of the value of children. Positive parenting trains parents to be agents of change, training them to be competent and capable of positively influencing their own lives and the lives of others. The paradigm of positive parenting is nourished by the theory of attachment, the theory of the mind and the ecological or community approach to parenting.