Article: Mind-Minded Parenting

How mental state talk helps kids learn about beliefs, feelings, and the perspectives of other people - 
Mind-minded parents may also be more likely to 
• Pay attention to their baby’s gaze and interest in objects
• Imitate their infant’s actions
• Engage in sensitive, appropriate mind-minded talk—-i.e., comment on what a child seems to be feeling or thinking. For example, a parent who sees her baby looking at a toy camel might ask the baby “Do you remember seeing a camel at the zoo?” (Meins et al 2001).
• Assume that their children can understand and benefit from conversations about emotions and mental states
What does this approach do for us?
Mind-minded parenting might strengthen our attachment relationships.

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