Session summary/empirical support
Parenting for strong, healthy children
Parental aspirations; challenges encountered; introduces mothers to five principles of healthy parenting covered in Grandi Byen: hygiene, food, play, conversation, self-care. All 5 are reinforced in every session.
Strong, healthy families 1
Common family stressors that can impact child development and ways to address them. Need for positive home environment to help young children to thrive; strategies to build positive mother-infant interactions.
Taking care of yourself
Mothers are taught to identify and link their emotions and behaviors. Positive strategies to deal with negative emotions are introduced.
Creating a stimulating environment for healthy development
Why young children need to play with objects in order to grow and learn; age-appropriate, readily available stimulating toys; mother-infant engagement
Talking and playing with children
New ways of talking to babies and why necessary; practice interacting with their child both verbally and non-verbally.
Animal source foods and diverse diets
What to feed and how much to feed infants/young children; continued breastfeeding; importance of diverse diets for young children, and why ASFs are critical in complementary feeding.
Don’t forget the soap
Use of latrines and soap. Identifying barriers to handwashing and latrine use and how to overcome them.
Positive family relationships
Strategies for positive communication and problem-solving skills for interpersonal conflict.
Make play more challenging
Discusses why children need novelty and challenges. Identifies ways to make play more challenging. Identifies barriers to collecting new play things and strategies to overcome them.
Engaging with your children
Story-telling and other engaging activities (singing and dancing) are modeled by the facilitator and then practiced by mothers with their infants.
Strong, healthy families 2
This session builds upon earlier sessions focused on communication and family relationships and discusses ways to engage children’s father in play with their children. Mothers identify their own communication style and identity pros and cons of their style.