Welcome to Nurturance
A place you can find help and support for the entire family.
Nurturance is a place for caregivers of young and older children to find research based information on child development and parenting as well as personalized feedback and encouragement. Here at Nurturance, I pledge to offer information including research findings and experiences related specifically to raising children in an unfamiliar location. Topics such as language development, comparing and contrasting cultural norms and expectations and mobility will be explored. Families will find support and will be given tools to assist them in identifying learning opportunities by providing suggestions for activities that can be implemented throughout daily routines that enhance and reinforce healthy development.
Nurturance is designed to be a resource for families who are raising children far from home and familiar support systems. Cross cultural parenting, whether parents moved from one region to another or to an entirely new country, is rich and exciting but might also be challenging and isolating. Parenting is often considered to be the most rewarding yet challenging job in the world. Adults are entrusted with the care and keeping of brand new humans and are expected to guide them safely to adulthood. However parents are often thrust into the role with little training or preparation, no professional development and support and rarely do parents receive constructive, positive feedback on their job performance.
Nurturance founder Merete Kropp is a mother of three children who are currently in their teens. Merete is a 20 year veteran teacher of young children, with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Merete also holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an M.S. in Language Education and Reading from Indiana University.
In addition to her love of young children, Merete is passionate about supporting and encouraging their parents to develop consistent routines and responsive parenting practices that enhance language development and foster creativity along with age appropriate independence. Read more about Merete’s parenting philosophy here.
Merete’s Published Work