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Attachment Parenting is Key to More Secure Children

Decades of research have shown that positive interactions between parents and children have a major impact on the development of children’s brains.  When babies are first born, they look for the warmth of their mothers to help them feel safe and secure. As children develop, how their parents respond to their needs shapes their emotional, mental and social well-being.

Without nurturing from parents and caregivers, very young children have difficulty developing the emotional and cognitive skills they need to process the world around them. In short, they have greater difficulty learning.

A parent’s response to cries from her baby – or to her cooing – helps the baby learn the fundamental mechanics of human communication. In fact, babies whose cries are ignored often are challenged in vocabulary development later on. This is because a baby’s efforts at communication need to be met with a back-and-forth from the people closest to her in order to encourage her to continue to communicate, and eventually learn to use her words.

There are many ways that parents and caregivers can be responsive to their babies’ needs, and help them develop emotional and mental security. When a baby cries, parents can pick their babies up and cuddle, rock or sing to them. Other non-verbal actions like gazing into a baby’s eyes, stroking their heads and backs, and breastfeeding or holding them close while bottle-feeding help them relax and feel safe.

For parents and caregivers who feel challenged by their infant care-taking responsibilities, programs across the country like the Early Head Start program have been designed to support children and their families, and help promote safe and secure relationships for better children’s development.

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Hillary Clinton speaks about single mothers and why they need our support and admiration. »

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Headline News

November 15, 2013

The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle is proud to announce it will host Keynote Speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, on March 5, 2014.

The event will take place at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Member access begins November 19 at 9 a.m.
General public access begins November 23 at 9 a.m.

For more information please visit boardoftrade.com/hillary.

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Here are a few of the events on Hillary’s calendar for this week.



Chicago IL

Sheraton Chicago

Vanguard fundraising luncheon for the Jewish United Fund


New York NY

Goldman Sachs

Q & A Session


Beverly Hills CA

Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl

Fundraiser Luncheon for Terry McAuliffe


Los Angeles CA

Oceana’s Partners Award Gala


Philadelphia PA

Philadelphia Convention Center

Keynote: Philadelphia Conference for Women

And this from Hillary herself.

. report on women shows progress in 2/3 of countries, still more to do. I’ll address on Nov 1 in Philadelphia.

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Happy Birthday, Mme. Secretary!

Our best wishes for a Happy Birthday, and a happy and healthy year ahead!   Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.


I am always thankful to Hillary’s mom and dad for giving her to us, and to all of her family for sharing her with us when, so often, they must have wished she were with them.

If you are in the NYC metropolitan area, you can join Chelsea’s Day of Action tomorrow, for Hillary’s birthday.  Or you can make a contribution to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in her honor.

This is sweet.

Happy birthday to my brilliant & extraordinary wife . I know you hate surprises so I’ll tell you now, I didn’t plan a party.

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Once again eschewing the available podium and teleprompter and using no notes, Hillary Clinton held forth for just under 30 minutes on the place of the US in global leadership. Lecturing in her casual, conversational style, Hillary was guest speaker in Colgate‘s Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders this evening.

Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst, a foreign policy scholar in his own right, conducted the Q & A which proved to be a refreshing divergence from recent events with predictable and mundane questions from the audience. Interaction and listener participation are fine, but this was a rare treat affording the opportunity to attend what amounted to a master class team taught by two of the best possible professors of the subject.

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Hillary wished the Center for American Progress a Happy 10th Anniversary this evening in Washington DC.   She would have jumped from a cake!  Cute.  We would love to see that!

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Hillary Clinton Lecture

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Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:00pm EDT — Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:00pm EDT


The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. She will address the university community in Sanford Field House and online. For more information, visit http:colgate.edu/globalleaders.


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C-SPAN plans to cover this event live at 7:40 ET.  You may also watch a live feed of the day-long event here at the Center for American Progress website>>>>

Hillary Clinton Speaks at Center for American Progress Event

Washington, DC
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at an event celebrating the Center for American Progress’ 10-year anniversary.

Democratic organizations are using Clinton’s upcoming 66th birthday to raise campaign contributions. There is ongoing speculation regarding a possible 2016 presidential run by the former First Lady.

Updated: Wednesday at 5:39pm (ET)

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*Related to the birthday story, the only organization that has yet to send me a card to sign is the Clinton Foundation! Ironically, that is the only organization I plan to contribute to for her birthday.

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She spoke to a sold out hall of 8000, tonight, and she did it with no podium, no notes, and no teleprompter, citing statistics about western New York state,  particulars about  the city of Buffalo, and specifics about the university itself.   Strolling casually around the stage and speaking as if in intimate conversation with her huge audience,  Hillary Clinton appeared as part of the university’s 27th Annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

The video is not embeddable, but you can access it on demand here>>>>

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Parent Talk Proves Critical for Early Learning and Vocabulary Development

A good vocabulary is vitally important to brain development because it serves as a framework for all later learning. Children who hear more words during the day spoken directly to them by their parents develop better vocabularies and are better prepared for reading comprehension and critical thinking in school. Without words, children cannot adequately express themselves and are hard-pressed to catch up later in life.

A study by Professors Betty Hart and Todd Risley in the mid-1990s found that children in low-income homes hear approximately 600 words per hour, while children in professional homes hear approximately 2,100 words per hour. This difference of 1,500 words an hour adds up to millions of words by the time a child reaches preschool age, and results in a poor child having about half the words in her vocabulary of a child in a high-income family by the time the child is 3 years-old, and this early gap translates into later gaps in academic achievement.

More recently, a study reported in The New York Times found that a vocabulary gap may exist as early as 18 months of age, making the period from birth to early toddlerhood even more critical for building language skills later in life.

In a statement released yesterday, Next Generation’s Ann O’Leary says: “Professor [Anne] Fernald’s research shows that by the time children are two years old, there is already a gap in language proficiency of six months between higher- and lower-income children. But income does not have to predict life long learning outcomes… Parents have the power to help their children succeed in learning and in life through small acts that can have a big impact.”

Parents and caregivers can make a huge difference in their children’s early learning, since vocabulary development happens during the months and years that children spend most of their time in parent or early care. Some concrete things that parents and caregivers can do with babies and young toddlers to improve vocabulary include reading to children for 15 minutes a day; narrating their day while shopping at the supermarket or taking walks; and counting out loud.

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Sandra Gutierrez, national director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors and Advisory Council member of Too Small to Fail, talks about the power of parents [in Spanish].  >>


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