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Becoming a Parent​​​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">From the first moments of life, your baby depends on you to create a healthy, safe and loving home. Your care and attention during the first months of life will give your child the best possible start. This section will help you get ready for your child’s birth and help prepare you for life with an infant. </p></div></section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-8"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=57191169-1eed-4dd6-a092-1a1626a13604"> <div class="card-title">Having a Healthy Pregnancy</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about taking care of yourself while you are pregnant.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=f575ab73-d4d8-4b60-9b48-baec00b4d08e"> <div class="card-title">Preparing for Birth</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about planning ahead for the best childbirth possible.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=79fbbf29-0260-4467-9896-9bfa6d020954"> <div class="card-title">At Home with Your Newborn</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about adjusting to a new baby at home.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=de744efd-9279-4cda-b647-d4d2137dd9c6"> <div class="card-title">Parenting with Extra Challenges</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about resources for single, teen or disabled parents, and grandparents.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="index-pic"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/section-icons-becoming.png" class="hidden-sm hidden-xs" alt="" /></a>&#160;</div>&#160;</div><div class="hidden-sm hidden-xs col-md-8 margin-top-100"><div class="pg-copyright"> <div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div></div>en
For Parents & Families​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"> <img src="/PublishingImages/parents-and-families/header-1.png" class="img-responsive margin-bottom-20" alt="" /> <p class="lead"> There’s no one “right” way to raise a child, and sometimes parenting a baby, toddler or preschooler can be a challenge. You don’t need to be perfect. To help you do the best you can, here’s some information, tools and resources for supporting your child's healthy development and learning.</p></div> <div class="col-xs-12"> <div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"> <div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/PublishingImages/parent-kit/parent-kit-logo.png" alt="Parent Kit" style="width&#58;300px;" /></a>&#160;</div><p>Find information and resources on child development, health and safety, quality child care and school readiness.</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=64debde8-52c3-410b-a3c1-e6f127cc7365" title="Brain Development">Brain Development</a></div><p>Learn why the early years are so important (spoiler alert&#58; 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5) and the huge impact you can make on their future</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=4d34ed8d-9dd3-4049-ac7a-be27ec4b1773" title="Ages &amp; Stages">Ages &amp; Stages</a> </div><p>Understand what’s happening at different stages of your child’s growth and what you can do to help nurture their healthy development</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=2c15a22a-b5be-4276-ba26-3c8cf5ca0d09" title="Child Care &amp; Preschool">Child Care &amp; Preschool</a> </div><p>Use our tools and information to help find a quality early learning program for your infant, toddler or preschooler</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=c725e66c-3f03-423b-a837-e5c5aa409a23" title="Literacy">Literacy</a> </div><p>Learn how talking and reading with your child is the best thing you can do to help develop the skills they’ll need to read and be successful in school</p></div></div> <div class="col-md-6"><div class="block-grid-v1-info rounded-bottom margin-bottom-10"><div class="h2 primary-text"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=1ab58143-d2c3-43f1-8c48-d0c84f9c3dd6&amp;TermSetId=f55643fd-a0a7-4f57-a4c7-de933bc06d6e&amp;TermId=86507125-ed91-4be3-bcfd-50beed9662ef" title="Birth to 5 Helpline">Birth to 5 Helpline</a> </div><p>Get answers to your questions or concerns through this free service available to all Arizona families with young children</p></div></div> </section>​en
Parent Kit​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"> <img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/pk-logo-2.png" class="img-responsive" alt="" /> &#160; </div> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">From the day a child is born, the care, attention, love and support they experience lays the foundation for their future. This digital Parent Kit is here to help you meet the challenges&#160;of being a parent and do your best in supporting the healthy development of your baby, toddler or preschooler.&#160;You'll find information and resources on child development, health and safety, quality child care and school readiness.</p></div> </section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=75ca27c5-7cdf-4432-9459-576dac61b829"> <div class="card-title">Becoming a Parent</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_BPCard.jpg" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about pregnancy, childbirth and bringing home your new baby.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=b561dac2-59dd-4467-ada8-02ae84d47c08"> <div class="card-title">Your Infant</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_InfantCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how babies develop and how to care for your baby in the first year.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=921a8001-72d4-4cff-8bb8-23908d52fd7b"> <div class="card-title">Your Toddler</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_ToddlerCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about caring for a child between ages 1 and 3.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=08c83c30-3cff-4699-9f49-041e0e3043a5"> <div class="card-title">Your Preschooler</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_PSCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about raising a child between ages 3 and 5.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=0d8bca9d-2ce9-4002-b64d-d69d61109b61"> <div class="card-title">Your Family's Well-Being</div> <img class="img-responsive" src="/parent-kit/PublishingImages/home_WellCard.png" alt="" /> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about taking care of your family's physical and emotional health. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160; </div></div> </a> </div></div></div> <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><div class="bs-callout bs-callout-info margin-top-10" style="background-color&#58;#eeeeee;"> First Things First also provides the <a id="parent-kit-learn-more" href="#" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#parent-kit-modal"><strong>Arizona Parent Kit</strong> </a>, free of charge, to parents of all newborns in the state before they leave the hospital or birthing center. </div><hr /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-8"><div class="pg-copyright"><div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div> <div class="hidden-xs col-md-4">&#160;</div> </section> <div tabindex="-1" class="modal fade" id="parent-kit-modal" role="dialog" aria-labelledby="myModalLabel"><div class="modal-dialog modal-lg" role="document"><div class="modal-content"><div class="modal-header modal-header-primary"> <button class="close clickable" aria-label="Close" type="button" data-dismiss="modal"><span aria-hidden="true">×</span> </button> <div class="modal-title" id="family-modal-header">Arizona Parent Kit</div></div><div class="modal-body"><h2>Arizona Parent Kit</h2><p> First Things First provides the Arizona Parent Kit – free of charge – to parents of all newborns in the state before they leave the hospital or birthing center. It's&#160;also available for checkout at libraries statewide. 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Your Preschooler​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">Between ages 3 and 5, your child learns more about getting along with others. Going to preschool and then kindergarten, your child becomes part of a school community.</p></div></section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-8"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=3536b478-e226-4b94-80fe-b2d0017a2061"> <div class="card-title">Your Preschooler Ages 3–5</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to help your child keep learning and develop social skills.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=70522ab2-cc01-4a89-b4d8-5087ae53bdc4"> <div class="card-title">Guiding Preschoolers</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about setting behavior expectations for preschoolers.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=2f929929-9232-44bb-b059-42a6100e6a49"> <div class="card-title">If Your Child Has a Special Need</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to get help for children with disabilities or chronic conditions. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=307e12be-5911-4c33-a822-55bf0b737646"> <div class="card-title">Starting Preschool</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Find a preschool that will help your child get ready for kindergarten. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=f724963a-e0bf-4d86-ba8b-68b4f1d7eb51"> <div class="card-title">Starting Kindergarten</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to enroll your child in school and how you can help her succeed. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6">&#160;</div></div></div><div class="col-mid-4"><div class="index-pic"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/section-icons-schoolage.png" class="hidden-sm hidden-xs" alt="" /></a>&#160;</div>&#160;</div> <div class="hidden-sm hidden-xs col-md-8 margin-top-100"><div class="pg-copyright"><div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div></div> en
Your Family's Well-Being​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">Keeping your family healthy is part of being a good parent. Healthy children learn and grow better, and healthy parents can keep up with their kids. Regular medical and dental care helps your family stay healthy. Getting help for emotional issues and using technology wisely are also ways you can take care of your family.</p></div></section> <div class="row"><div class="col-md-8"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=02ec8c49-3fc9-4357-b647-f0c29cf2f1e4"> <div class="card-title">Children’s Health Care</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn how to keep your child healthy, and when to take him to the doctor.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=c6f8a48d-9826-40db-bd13-f067b80c23c7"> <div class="card-title">Your Child's Check-Ups</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about well-baby and well-child care to prevent health problems. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=57a895c9-65f3-4b82-80d3-72d0941a94a1"> <div class="card-title">Oral Health</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about keeping your child's teeth healthy. </div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=af8b92ec-2d29-4f20-b4c9-11c7eaa3a7b6"> <div class="card-title">Finding and Using Health Care</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about how to choose a doctor and how to pay for health care.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=944a5ff5-3711-46ae-9ff3-54ed48dd740c"> <div class="card-title">Children and Technology</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about when to let children use smart phones and other electronics.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div><div class="col-md-6"><div class="card-item margin-bottom-20 card-lg"> <a class="card-hover" href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=e823f4b0-6682-4901-9d0f-fb38d7896bd0"> <div class="card-title">Emotional Health</div> <div class="row"><div class="col-xs-10"><div class="card-description">Learn about getting help for stress, depression, abuse and other problems.</div></div><div class="col-xs-2"><div class="card-caret">&#160;</div>&#160;</div></div> </a></div></div></div></div><div class="col-md-4"><div class="index-pic"> <a href="/parent-kit" title="Parent Kit"><img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/section-icons-wellbeing.png" class="hidden-sm hidden-xs" alt="" /></a>&#160;</div>&#160;</div> <div class="hidden-sm hidden-xs col-md-8 margin-top-100"><div class="pg-copyright"><div class="col-xs-12 landing copy"> The First Things First Parent Kit was developed in partnership with Health Research for Action/UC Berkeley. © 2016 The Regents of the University of California. Additional video, graphic and other content © 2017 First Things First. All rights reserved. </div></div></div></div> en
Your Toddler​​​ <section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">Between ages 1 and 3, your child gains all kinds of new abilities and learns to be separate from you. 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Your Infant​​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 margin-bottom-30"><p class="lead">In the first 12 months of life, babies grow very fast. As your baby develops, you will face new and different demands. 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Parenting with Extra Challenges​​<section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><p class="lead">Parenting is always a challenge. Parenting as a single person, having a disability, or if you are much older or younger than most parents can give you some extra challenges. But lots of people do it, and so can you. The key is to get the help and support you need. This page provides some ideas.</p></div></section><section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="fullwidth"> <img src="/parent-kit/pk-becoming-a-parent/PublishingImages/Extra-Challenges-1.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" />&#160;</div> &#160;</div> </section><section class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12"><div class="to-do"><h2>Things You Can Do</h2><h3>For Single Parents</h3><ul><li>If you are stressed, ask for help. Call a friend or relative for support.</li><li>If you are new to parenting, take a parenting class.</li><li>Share child care with other parents.</li><li>Join or start a play group where you can visit with other parents while your children play together.</li><li>Join a support group for single parents. Visit <a href="http&#58;//www.parentswithoutpartners.org/" target="_blank">Parents Without Partners</a>.</li></ul><h3>Parents Who Live Apart</h3><ul><li>During a break-up, spend as much time with your children as you can and give them lots of love. Let them know that the break-up is not their fault. </li><li>For your children’s sake, try to get along with their other parent. Don’t say bad things about your children’s other parent in front of your children.</li><li>Routines, like regular meals and bedtimes, can help you manage a busy schedule. And they help your child feel more secure. </li><li>Share child care with other parents if you can.</li><li>Try to have the same caregivers most of the time. This helps your child feel secure.</li><li>For some children, change is very hard. This may show up as infants being fussy, or mood changes in young children. A toddler who is toilet trained may start having accidents. If these problems last, talk to your doctor or a counselor.</li></ul><h3>Your Child’s Other Parent</h3><ul><li>Children can adapt well to living in two places if they get consistent, loving care.</li><li>If you need help establishing paternity or getting or collecting child support, contact <a href="http&#58;//des.az.gov/services/child-and-family/child-support" target="_blank">Arizona Child Support Services</a>.</li><li>If you need help getting the right to spend time with your child, call your local County Attorney’s Office. </li><li>If you think your child is not safe with her other parent, get help. See the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=e823f4b0-6682-4901-9d0f-fb38d7896bd0" target="_blank">Emotional Health</a> page of this guide. </li></ul><h3>For Teen Parents<img src="/parent-kit/pk-becoming-a-parent/PublishingImages/Extra-Challenges-2.jpg" class="img-responsive hidden-sm hidden-xs" alt="" /> </h3><ul><li>Caring for your baby is a lot of work, so it’s normal to feel tired and stressed. This is true even though you love your baby. Be patient with yourself and ask for help when you need it. </li><li>Try to get enough sleep, healthy food and time just for yourself. This will help you stay healthy, so you can be there for your baby. The <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=57191169-1eed-4dd6-a092-1a1626a13604" target="_blank">Having a Healthy Pregnancy</a>, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=57a895c9-65f3-4b82-80d3-72d0941a94a1" target="_blank">Oral Health</a> and <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=e823f4b0-6682-4901-9d0f-fb38d7896bd0" target="_blank">Emotional Health</a> pages of this guide will help you get started. The <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=af8b92ec-2d29-4f20-b4c9-11c7eaa3a7b6" target="_blank">Finding and Using Health Care</a> page has tips on getting medical care for yourself and your baby.</li><li>If you are living with your family, try to talk openly about feelings and responsibilities.</li><li>If you are stressed, call the confidential teen hotline <a href="http&#58;//www.teenlifeline.org/" target="_blank">Teen Lifeline</a>, or see the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=e823f4b0-6682-4901-9d0f-fb38d7896bd0" target="_blank">Emotional Health</a> page in this guide.</li><li>Finishing school will help you get a good job and be able to support your baby. Ask about programs that can help you stay in school. You can also get your GED or high school diploma at a community college. </li><li>Child care can be hard to find. To learn more about good child care, see the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=b3bbe3a0-f2e7-4f71-bab9-a83152dc8570&amp;TermSetId=efa1359e-1147-4569-953a-a559bf9e6ed2&amp;TermId=d612bbba-8a68-473a-a0b4-7c59fc0a1ee3" target="_blank">Child Care for Babies</a> page in this guide. Also, ask your school district about Early Head Start. </li><li>If you’re not ready to be a parent, talk with people you trust. You can also talk with your health care provider or a pregnancy counselor. Call <a href="http&#58;//www.arizonafamilyhealth.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Family Health Partnership</a>. For information about adoption, visit <a href="http&#58;//adoption.org/">Adoption.org</a>.</li></ul><div class="center" style="width&#58;80%;"> <img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/Teen-Parent.png" alt="Teen Parent" class="img-responsive" style="margin&#58;20px 0px;" /> &#160;</div><div style="clear&#58;both;"></div> <h3>For Parents with a Disability or Chronic Illness</h3><ul><li>Other parents with disabilities or chronic illnesses can provide advice and support. For free services and information on pregnancy, birth and parenting, contact <a href="http&#58;//www.lookingglass.org/" target="_blank">Through the Looking Glass</a>.</li><li>The <a href="http&#58;//des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-disabilities" target="_blank">Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities</a> has services and resources for adults and children.</li><li>There are baby clothes and equipment that can make cuddling, lifting, carrying and other baby-care tasks easier. Contact <a href="http&#58;//www.lookingglass.org/" target="_blank">Through the Looking Glass</a> to learn more. </li><li>For tools to help you drive, cook, communicate and do many other things, contact <a href="http&#58;//www.abledata.com/" target="_blank">ABLEDATA</a> or <a href="http&#58;//www.aztap.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Technology Access</a>.</li><li>Look for child care that is accessible so you can visit. Make sure the staff talk with you directly or through an interpreter, not through your child. See the child care pages of this guide to learn more about good child care.</li><li>Independent Living Centers are agencies run by and for people with disabilities. They can help you find many local services. A directory of independent living centers in Arizona is available <a target="_blank">here</a>.</li><li>You cannot legally be denied a home, a job, access to public places or the right to be a parent because of a disability. However, you may need legal help to get what you need. Contact the <a href="http&#58;//www.azdisabilitylaw.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Center for Disability Law</a>.</li></ul><h3>For Grandparents</h3><ul><li>If you are helping to raise your grandchildren, you may want to find a support group or resource center for grandparents. For more information, contact <a href="http&#58;//www.arizonakinship.org/" target="_blank">Kinship Support Services</a>.</li></ul></div></div> </section>en
There's no such thing as the perfect parent<p>​Perspective changes everything.</p><p>Now that my kids are grown and there's 20 years between me and the hectic days of raising four young children, I realize that the everyday struggles of parenting that I thought were so important back&#160;then weren't really so critical after all. Mealtime, for instance, was always a struggle in our house. My oldest was the pickiest eater on Earth. Looking back, I wish I had realized that it's not the end of the world if the broccoli doesn't get eaten. (That's what vitamins are for.)&#160;As parents, we made mistakes, as all parents do, but years later we realize that, overall, we did the best we could, and that was just what our kids needed.</p><p>Raising infants, toddlers and preschoolers is challenging, and like a lot of parents, I was determined to be &quot;the perfect parent.&quot; That unrealistic aspiration plagues today's parents more than ever. In a recent national survey of millennial mothers, nearly 80% said it's important to​ be &quot;the perfect mom.&quot;</p><p>The myth of being the perfect parent comes from both internal and external pressures. Our own need for approval from others, paired with the idealized versions of parenting that we see in the media, and especially on social media, all play a role in parents creating unrealistic expectations of both themselves and their young children.​</p><hr class="style1" /> <img src="/publishingimages/parent-kit/Supermom.png" alt="Supermom" class="img-responsive" /> <hr class="style1" /><p>​I modeled the first family resource center I ran after my own parenting challenges. If I had all these questions and insecurities, then I imagined that others did, too. For years I worked with families of all backgrounds and inc​ome levels, and they all shared a similar struggle&#58; trying to live up to this idea of the perfect parent.&#160;</p><p>Now, with the gift of years of perspective and years of experience working with families of all types, I can say for sure that there really is no such thing.</p><p>My advice to today's parents of young kids is this&#58; I encourage you to find support in your community – whether it's at a <a href="http&#58;//familyresourceaz.org/" target="_blank">family resource center​</a>, in your faith community or a parent support group. There's value in knowing that there are others who are feeling the same pressures you are. And maybe think about taking a break from social media once in a while. Remember, everyone is showing you the good stuff and not the challenges that all parents face every day.</p><hr /><p>Carol Lopinski, MSW, LCSW, ACSW,&#160;has more than 30 years of experience in developing and providing support services and programs for Arizona families and​ received&#160;the National Association of Social Workers-Arizona Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.</p>en