Parenting Guide

The Caring and Connected Parenting: A Guide to Raising Connected Children is a short, accessible handbook to guide partnership parenting in the early years. Based on the latest neuroscience research, the guide contains sections for newborns to one year, one to two years, two to three years, and three to four years old. There is also a parents section and an additional section for parents who come from abusive backgrounds.


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Written by SAIV Executive Committee member Licia Rando, M.Ed., M.S.W., this acclaimed guide is based on the latest neuroscience research, and has been endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams, pediatricians T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. and Laura Jana, M.D. and psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel, M.D.

The guide:

  • Is based on the latest neuroscience research
  • Focuses on building a parenting philosophy respecting the child and the caregiver(s)
  • Encourages nurturance from both parents without gender stereotypes
  • Helps parents identify depression and trauma histories affecting caregiving
  • Gives parents calming techniques
  • Offers tools for parents to learn to value their child’s thoughts and feelings
  • Highlights the value of close relationships
  • Supports the mutually respectful and caring relationships that are hallmarks of partnership


Download the Introduction for Professionals, a five-page pdf which highlights the important contributions of the Caring and Connected Parenting Guide, offers additional readings and resources, and includes testimonials from luminaries in the fields of parenting and peace.

The Parenting guide is now available in easy-to-print sections by child’s age, to share with families. Download portions of the Parenting guide for specific age ranges:
Birth to 1 Year
Age 1 to 2 Years
Age 2 to 3 Years
Age 3 to 4 Years

Read about the science behind the guide.

Now available in Spanish!
Download the Spanish language version
Una gran noticia: Esta guía importante y fácil de usar para la crianza de los hijos y hijas está ahora disponible en español.