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What to expect at your child’s age and stage of development

  • child development

All children develop differently, but it helps to know if your child is meeting typical milestones and what to look for if you have any concerns.

‘FLIP IT’: Four steps to transforming challenging behavior

  • parenting

An early childhood expert offers simple, positive ways to help your child identify their feelings and learn healthy self-control.

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Dear Dads: You’re doing fine

  • fatherhood

Now’s a good time to think about the important role you play in your child’s life and have a game plan for dealing with stress and uncertainty.

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Count all kids in 2020 Census

  • AZ communities

The 2020 Census deadline to respond has been extended for families by several months. Families now have until October 31 to complete their self-response either…

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Helping your child deal with big feelings

  • social-emotional development

Best-selling author Dr. John Medina gives expert advice on how to navigate your child’s big emotions and build a foundation of healthy communication.

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Guiding young children through difficult times

  • parenting

Find resources to help you support your young children through these stressful times and age-appropriate ways to talk about tough issues like race and equity.

‘Navigating the New Normal’: Parents and experts on helping kids through the pandemic

  • parenting

A new 20-minute video from Noggin features questions from parents and advice from early childhood experts to help you and your family deal with stress.

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A message for moms in challenging times

  • parenting

Try to remember that you don’t have to be perfect and that you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your children.

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Doctors urge parents to keep up with checkups and immunizations during COVID-19

  • health

Doctors say don’t skip regularly scheduled immunizations. They’re very important for preventing other serious diseases that are more dangerous for…

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