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Highlights on Highfields: Zero to Three

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Some say parenting is the toughest job they've ever had. For those with very young children, it can be especially demanding when it comes to behavioral issues.

A happy boy enjoying the summer sun and bubbles. Alexander and his mom Regina Ladd are much more relaxed these days after spending the last year in a home-based Highfields program called HB Zero to Three.

"When we first began, Alex was having some behavioral issues, wasn't listening to his parents. Liked to hit and kick," said Brittney Deluca, a family counselor at Highfields, Inc.

Deluca says Alexander's behavior was a little more aggressive than the typical three year old. She's been working with the family a couple of times a week to help guide Alexander's energy in a positive direction.

"I come to some points where I'll say, Brittney, lets just sit down here and talk because I'm just having one of those days where you know maybe I'm just not doing something quite right. You know I'm doing this, can you tell me what else I could do. And she's been wonderful moral support," said Ladd.

Moral support that spans among more than 20 families in Jackson and Hillsdale counties; families in many different situations, some in danger of losing their children and others who grew up in foster care.

"So they don't know what it's like to have a nurturing parent, and so we're sometimes able to in a way, nurture them so they can nurture their small child," said Andrea Bernard, community services coordinator at Highfields, Inc.

Nurturing, Highfields says, pays off by preventing future behavioral problems and creating a solid foundation for moms like Regina and energetic boys like Alexander.

"We are getting ready to close the case, he's my little wonder child. He's made me very proud. He is now listening to his parents, for the most part, behaving," said Deluca.

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