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Grandparents Day offers opportunity to recognize those grandparents raising grandchildren

  • grandparents

The relationship between a child and a grandparent is a special bond, a relationship that is celebrated nationally on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This…

Car seat safety

New from AAP: ‘Children should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible’

  • safety

The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises that young kids should ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. This will include almost all children…

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Arizona’s young children drowning rate is double the national rate

  • safety

Drownings are a top cause of injury-related death for Arizona children. Consider these tips to keep your child safe around water.

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Podcast: What Looks Like Misbehavior Might Be Stress

  • parenting

Learn how you can recognize the signs of excessive stress and help your little one through the big emotions that come with it.

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Curiosity is key to later school success

  • social-emotional development

Encouraging curiosity in the early years can help your child do better in school.

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More connections, less stress can help single parents do their best

  • single parent

Single parents don’t have to be perfect. Decreasing isolation, increasing self-care and building a support system are three ways to lower stress. And…

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Using technology to advance toddler and preschooler learning

  • early learning

By managing screen time and choosing developmentally appropriate technology, adults can actually extend a young child’s learning.

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Parents Playbook: Quality Time!

  • parenting

This episode of FTF’s Parents Playbook is about being in the zone.

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Mister Rogers movie is a reminder of what young children need

  • child development

“One word, ‘connection,’ captures what is happening inside and what is needed from the outside for a young child’s brain.” Read our…

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