Child Development and Parenting

Positive Parenting

The Positive Parenting program at Seattle Children’s Hospital works to promote positive parenting by supporting parents in the community, patient families, and staff who are parents or work with parents with information and events. Positive parenting is essentially a movement  that encourages a relationship-based approach to raising kind, cooperative children with their long-term social-emotional health in mind, as opposed to the use of punishment and shame. One of the main staples of the Positive Parenting program is Promoting First Relationships, an evidence-based training for providers on infant and child mental health and the importance of parent-child relationships for brain development.

Positive Parenting in a Stressful World (1:32:56)

  • With Abigail Grant, MD, and Anne Granderson, MA
  • Learn how everyday parenting moments build healthy, happy brains.
  • Understand how challenging behaviors say “I need help!” and how you can respond.
  • Gain strategies for healthy sleep, feeding and emotional well-being.

Take 5 When You're Overwhelmed or Frustrated (1:00)

Being a parent or caregiver isn't easy...especially now! Learn how to "take 5" and who to call for support.

Pinwheels for Prevention

Blue-and-white pinwheels in the groundWhy the pinwheel?

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. By its very nature, the pinwheel signifies whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all our children.

Positive Parenting Resources

Apps and online tools


App and website with daily activities. “Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.”

  • Resource type(s): App, website
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, Spanish

Love, Talk, Play 

Website offers activities, signup for weekly tip emails, and free posters/handouts for providers with ideas for everyday ways to love, talk and play with your baby or toddler to foster healthy attachment and social-emotional development.

  • Resource type(s): Website, weekly emails, free handouts and posters
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Somali

Zero to Three  

Dense online resource and app. Website offers tons of info on early development and parenting through articles and handouts, and app offers tips on supporting brain development and social emotional well-being through everyday activities. Great information on specific topics like discipline and limit setting and positive parenting approaches.

  • Resource type: App, weekly emails, website
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, limited Spanish

Parent Help 123 

Accessible info and resources to connect with social services (food and health benefits), search for local classes and support and call a free hotline for help understanding and accessing these resources. Lots of info about child development, breastfeeding and immunizations as well.

  • Resource type: Website, help hotline
  • Age group: All ages
  • Language(s): English, Spanish

The Alderian Parenting Calendar (PDF) 

A PDF calendar of parenting resources and classes curated with a lens of positive parenting best practices. Searchable by language, area of Puget Sound, topic, etc.

  • Resource type: Online calendar
  • Age group: All ages
  • Language(s): English (searchable in other languages)

Parenting books

Children’s books to encourage cooperation