The Nurtured Heart Approach ® is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in “The 3 Stands” for helping children (and adults) build their inner wealth and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially and academically. The three stands are:

  • Relentless reflective and intentional recognition

  • Absolutely no energy towards negativity

  • Consistent consequences and clarity

The combination of these principles create a shift in the relationship between parent/teacher/caregiver and child, so that the focus is on what is going RIGHT. The child develops an internal motivation to succeed based on the knowledge of the strengths and capacities that they possess, and on evidence presented in the moment by the most important people in their lives.

A unique aspect of the approach is intentional recognition (which are actual reflections of positive things happening in any given moment) being applied in a pro-active way. Instead of “catching” a good moment, the NHA promotes “creating” moments of greatness! In fact, the greatness IS already there-you just need to acknowledge it in the moment! The energy in these positive recognitions, for even the smallest success, sends a message to the child that they do possess greatness. Children begin to experience the world in a way which helps them learn what is or isn’t acceptable, yet not feel shamed if they make a mistake. The knowledge that there is a way back “in” is encouraging, particularly for the challenging child who may have felt unable to achieve success.

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Howard Glasser, founder of Children’s Success Foundation and creator of The Nurtured Heart Approach ®, is the author of “Transforming the Difficult Child” and “Notching Up the Nurtured Heart Approach – The New Inner Wealth Initiative for Educators”.

For more information on NHA visit: The Children’s Success Foundation

About Dr. Gail Anderson

Dr. Gail Anderson is a certified Nurtured Heart Approach® Advanced Trainer and coach offering coaching, training and consulting services regarding challenging children. She employs positive strategies for empowering parents and teachers to transform challenging children into successful students and flourishing family members.
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