Narrating an infant's environment

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Narrating an infant's environment

Narrating to your baby is a very important part of your relationship development. Narrating means to tell your baby what's happening next, what you are going to do to them, what they may be seeing, what they may be experiencing. For example, you might tell your baby, "I'm going to change your diaper," or "I'm going to pass you to daddy." When we do this, it gives children the respect that they deserved, and it builds the relationship; which is the critical cornerstone for all development. So we really want to put our focus there. This is where children are driven through the relationship, to engage emotionally, to explore physically, and to develop cognitively. Children look to us to be their storytellers. When we tell them what's happening and we narrate to them, we help them make sense of their experiences. We help to regulate their emotions, and we help them build language.

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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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