Research-Based Parent Education and Support


Welcome to Nurturance


MereteNurturance is a blog of research based information on child development for caregivers of young and older children.  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. 

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 blogger, Merete Kropp, is a mother of three children who are currently in their teens.  Merete has been an early childhood educator for 25 years and hasWhole Family a B.S. in Early Childhood  Education, 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 parents and teachers  to develop consistent routines and responsive interactions with children to enhance language development and foster creativity along with age appropriate independence. 

Merete’s Published Work


Washington Post

Parents, it’s time to get out of the way and let your kids just play

Life can be stormy, even for kids. Here’s how to help them weather the ups and downs

Five ways to find time to read aloud 15 minutes a day in a busy world

My kids are growing up global. Here’s why that’s a good thing

7 ways to promote positive reading habits for older children

Five ways to avoid becoming a helicopter parent

What children need even more than presents this holiday season



Stop Letting Your Kids Push You Around

How to Raise Kids Who Love to Write

Helping Children Access the Rich Cultural Heritage of Immigration Through Literature

Small Connections are Big Brain Builders


Huffington Post

Five Proven Ways to Help Your Child Have a Successful School Year

Children’s Play Is Declining But We Can Help Reclaim It

To The Mom Who No Longer Feels Needed

Why Family Routines Matter and How to Improve Them

Bilingual Babies Learn Language Faster

Dear New Moms, Don’t Believe These Lies

If You Only Knew The Amazing Things Your Child Does In School All Day

Nine Tips for Successful Holidays With Children

How to Raise Caring and Kind Children

How to Impact Your Child’s Development Through Rich Conversations

Declutter Your Child Rearing Practices in the New Year

Kindergarten Readiness

The Best Way to Raise Children, According to Research

The Best Ways to Build Strong Reading Skills

What Teachers Know About Routines and How They Benefit Children’s Development

Are You Protecting or Overprotecting Your Children?

We’re on the Same Team! Bridging the Communication Gap Between Parents and Teachers

Reading Aloud To Young Children: A How-to Guide

Beat the Bedtime Battles