Parents and LifeWays caregivers are partners in trying to provide what is best for each child. The caregiver can be instrumental in helping parents to recognize the developmental needs of the child and how to practice domestic and nurturing arts, while also learning from and respecting the parents’ insights into the specific needs of their child. An initial or annual visit to a child’s home can provide valuable insights into each child’s unique needs and forge invaluable links between home and the care provider.
- Parent education is an integral part of the LifeWays approach, supporting mothers and fathers in their parenting. It occurs both formally and informally and strives to be sensitive to the diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds of the families being served.
- LifeWays caregivers and programs are resources for parents and can help build community, bridging the isolation of so many parents today.