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These in-depth and thought-provoking articles about child development will help you understand the many ways kids grow and learn, and how you can support and encourage them along the way!

Self-Care to Keep You Going Strong

Self-Care to Keep You Going Strong

Caring for children is a great joy—and a great responsibility. The better you take care of your whole self, the better you’ll feel. Modeling good self-care helps kids learn healthy habits, too. How can you fill your wheel and keep it turning? Download the printable…

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8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

8 Great Things to Know about Child Development

In recent years, researchers have learned a lot more about how early experiences shape children. Here are 8 great things to know and remember when it comes to early child development. 1. Stress can harm children’s brains and bodies. When they are in utero and…

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Parent Wellbeing Checklist

Parent Wellbeing Checklist

Parenting is demanding; it takes a lot of energy. But looking out for your wellbeing – physically, mentally, and emotionally – will help both you and your family thrive. Your “wellbeing” is the overall satisfaction you feel about yourself and your life – and it can…

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9 Elements of Positive Parenting

9 Elements of Positive Parenting

“Positive Parenting” isn’t about being perfect or always being cheerful. Instead, it gives words to what parents do every day – challenges included – and keeps the big picture in mind. These nine key elements power a positive approach to parenting. Imagine your kids’…

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3 Mindfulness Activities to Try with Your Kids

3 Mindfulness Activities to Try with Your Kids

Mindfulness allows us to observe our surroundings, thoughts, and feelings, and to develop self-awareness. Mindfulness can teach your kids to focus, help them regulate their emotions, and improve their concentration. Try being mindful together with these easy…

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Quality Child Care: What to Look For

Quality Child Care: What to Look For

There’s a lot to think about when choosing a child care or early educational environment for your family, because it’s an important decision! Thinking about quality of care will help you narrow down your choices. Consider this checklist of quality characteristics….

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Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your Family

Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your Family

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a pediatrician, because you want them to be the right fit for your family. Here are some things to think about. Where did they go to medical school? Are they board certified? How long have they been practicing? What hospital are…

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Serve & Return

Serve & Return

“Serve and return” is about the everyday, back and forth interactions you have with your kids. It’s the practice of noticing and responding to their cues with eye contact, words, a hug, or other easy actions. These show kids that they are seen and heard, they build…

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Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

It’s important to feel comfortable with your pediatrician and to have an open line of communication. Well checks are a perfect time to talk about how your baby is growing and what you can expect over the following months. While your pediatrician will have a lot to…

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Adapting to Digital Learning

Adapting to Digital Learning

The first thing you should know while your kids are learning from home is that you are already doing things right! The foundation for all learning is caring and supportive relationships in an environment that is safe, predictable, and nurturing, and home provides each…

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Tips for Parents’ Transition to Kindergarten

Tips for Parents’ Transition to Kindergarten

We can be more helpful to our kids if we acknowledge that the transition to kindergarten is a big life step for adults as well. Think about what will help you through this developmental milestone, whether that’s information, support from friends and family, networking…

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Help Your Kids Transition to Kindergarten

Help Your Kids Transition to Kindergarten

The transition to kindergarten is exciting! For kids, it’s an opportunity to learn new things, master new skills, and build new relationships. But this transition can also be a time of uncertainty about the unknown, as routines, environments, and people change. Here…

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