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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.

‘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.

dads and young children

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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