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Celebrating the joy grandparents bring

  • grandparents

Every September, First Things First celebrates Grandparents Day to honor grandparents’ important role in young children’s lives.

When to know it's go time

Knowing when your child is ready for toilet training

  • child development

Timing is everything with potty training. The key is waiting for the signs that your toddler is ready.

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.

Sparks videos

New video series helps spark connections for parents between developmental milestones and pediatric…

    First Things First has partnered with Zero to Three to share a new parent video series created by the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, Zero to Three and the…

    Dad with baby daughter, social connections

    Combating new parent loneliness with social connections

    • first time parents

    Many new parents experience loneliness, and if you are feeling that, you’re not alone. Social connections can help.

    Learning to share

    Learning to share

    • preschoolers

    Young children aren’t ready to share as early as you might think.

    Imagination Library program available in more Arizona communities

    • literacy

    Families with young children in many Arizona communities can now register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

    Santa brings joy, but he can also cause stress

    • social-emotional development

    For many families, a visit with Santa Claus is a holiday tradition, but it doesn’t always go to plan.

    FTF 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.

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