Baby girl looks lovingly at new parent

Little Elf Family Services 

Helping families grow their babies in safe, nurtured, positive family environments

My name is Lara Elfstrand. I am an early learning specialist and parent coach with a passion for babies and families. My education and experience have taught me that the best way to maximize my impact on the lives of young children is to acknowledge parents' competence and to support them in building positive, playful parenting teams.  I also know that when people feel known and cared for, they usually want to spread that to other people around them.  I want to know and care for new parents, to help them to feel calm and respected so that they can spread that to their babies.  

When babies grow up in a home with a positive, playful parenting team, they feel safe and nurtured and available to learn. They cry less, they smile more, and their parents' cooperation helps them to pay better attention during play time so that they get more out of it.

The first step in creating positive, parenting teams is to attend the Bringing Baby Home class. Bringing Baby Home has been shown to help babies learn faster and speak sooner, and to help new parents to be the best parents they can be.


The Gottman Institute's research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with their baby and helps them be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster their baby’s development. They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after a new baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the marriage.

"...[The Bringing Baby Home class] was a great experience and [we] will recommend it to new parents... It was great to share our stories and thoughts with the group in hopes that if it happens to them, they know they aren’t alone." -Mother of an 18-month old [More]

"Most classes focus on baby baby baby but this course equally addresses the two people that made the baby!" - Father of a newborn [More]

"...We are closer than ever and really got great benefit from your class." - Parent of an 18-month old [More]

One of the greatest predictors of performance in school turns out to be the emotional stability of the home.
— John Medina -- Brain Rules (Brain Rule #4: Stressed Brains Don't Learn the Same Way)

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I was recently interviewed on Your Healthy Living, a show that inspires healthy and natural lifestyles. Hosts Alexandrew and Dr. Shasta Tierra interview a new guest every week about their professions in helping lead others to healthier lives both physically and mentally.