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Father and daughter stacking boxes as towers

Use household objects as toys for young kids

  • parenting

To encourage imaginative play at home, parents and caregivers only have to look around the house to keep little ones entertained and learning.

mom and baby play with mirror

Reflecting on babies and mirror play

  • play

Mirror play helps your baby develop self-awareness, part of their social-emotional development. And they love it.

Boy dressed as a bear with Halloween candy bowl

Protect kids’ teeth on Halloween

  • oral health

This Halloween, the best bet for avoiding tooth decay is to keep little ones on a set oral health routine.

parents and young children play with scarves

It’s scarf season! Bonding and brain building with your baby

  • play

Playing with scarves is fun, easy, and you can do it almost anywhere. Plus, it’s a great way to enhance a child’s development.

baby sleeping on his back

Creating a safe sleep environment at home for baby

  • safety

Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Arizona, which aims to educate families with babies about safe sleep practices.

grandparents play an important role

Celebrating the power of grandparents

    Grandparents can play a very important role in the lives of families with young children. Free child care is often at the top of that list, but the benefits…

    tips for having back and forth conversations with your baby

    Baby, let’s talk! Serve and return

    • language

    Having back-and-forth conversations with your baby, even before they can use words, helps them learn and develop language. It’s easy and fun to do.

    girl and boy holding hands

    Four things to consider when setting up a playdate

    • play

    Play dates are great for young children’s development because they help them explore, learn and develop social skills through play.

    little boy frowning

    The ABCs of life: Supporting your child’s social-emotional development

    • social-emotional development

    Parents who nurture positive relationships with their baby, toddler or preschooler are helping them develop social-emotional skills that will be important…

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