The Science Behind the Eight Principles of Parenting

Art Yuen

You will learn:

  • The eight principles of parenting and how they differ from other parenting techniques
  • The 4 universal routines and 3 universal resources that organize the principles
  • Ways parents can practice different touch intentions with each other
  • Practices that parents can engage in support their ability to provide attuned touch


Schore, A. N. (2013). Bowlby’s “environment of evolutionary adaptedness”: Recent studies on the interpersonal neurobiology of attachment and emotional development. In D. Narvaez, J. Panksepp, A. N. Schore, & T. R. Gleason (Eds.), Evolution, early experience and human development: From research to practice and policy (pp. 31–67). Oxford University Press

Vélez-Agosto, N. M., Soto-Crespo, J. G., Vizcarrondo-Oppenheimer, M., Vega-Molina, S., & García Coll, C. (2017). Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory revision: Moving culture from the macro into the micro. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(5), 900-910.

Narvaez, D., Gettler, L., Braungart-Rieker, J., Miller, L., & Hastings, P.  (2016). The flourishing of young Children: Evolutionary baselines. In Narvaez, D., Braungart-Rieker, J., Miller, L., Gettler, L., & Harris, P. (Eds.), Contexts for young child flourishing: Evolution, family and society (pp. 3-27). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Baglivio, M. T., & Wolff, K. T. (2021). Positive childhood experiences (PCE): Cumulative resiliency in the face of adverse childhood experiences. Youth violence and juvenile justice, 19(2), 139-162.

Bethell, C., Jones, J., Gombojav, N., Linkenbach, J., & Sege, R. (2019). Positive childhood experiences and adult mental and relational health in a statewide sample: Associations across adverse childhood experiences levels. JAMA pediatrics, 173(11), e193007-e193007.

Slonim, T. (2014). The polyvagal theory: Neuropsychological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, & self-regulation. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 64(4), 593-600.

Smith, M. M., & Holden, G. W. (2020). Mothers affiliated with a positive parenting program report rearing their children differently. Journal of child and family studies, 29, 955-963.

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Art became Nurturings Executive Director in 2022 after serving as Knowledge Coordinator for 10 years. As Knowledge Coordinator she led literature scans, searches and reviews of research supporting API’s Eight Principles of Parenting, program development, fundraising and strategy.

She also led the active API NYC parent group for 10 years, organizing meetings and events and moderating an online group of 2,000 parents (pre-social media) and held other roles at Nurturings. 

She holds a BSBA in Finance and Accounting and lives in NYC with her husband and two children.


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