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positive parenting includes recognizing and regulating your own feelings before responding to your child's behavior

Positive Parenting: 5 ways to manage your own big feelings

  • positive parenting

Holding it together during high-stress moments is one of most important skills we can develop as parents.

2020 Gift Guide: The best toys and gifts for young children

  • play

Our interactive guide offers low-cost options by age and stage of development. Many are free, like the best gift you can give: quality time with you.

Top 5 tips for video chat with young children

  • parenting

Video chat with is a great way to help your little one build relationships and stay connected with long-distance family and friends.

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Halloween Tips and Tricks for 2020

  • safety

Halloween may be different this year, but there is plenty of good information available to help families make it safe and fun for little ones.

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Honoring the bond of grandparents

  • parenting

A mom reflects on her daughter’s bond with her grandmother and the benefits that she’s watched as the bond grows.

5 things grandparents do for young children

  • grandparents

Grandparents can play many important roles in the healthy development of their grandchildren.

Two brothers, baby and toddler, playing on the floor.

Sibling rivalry intensifies in close quarters

  • social-emotional development

Sibling rivalry during COVID-19 and close quarters has turned many living rooms into a battlefield. Here are tips to keep the rivals at bay.

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Get help finding child care during coronavirus

  • child care

Arizona Child Care Resource and Referral provides information and resources for families looking for child care and keep an updated list of open programs.

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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.

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