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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 certainly don’t end there. Read More

Preventing Toddler Tantrums

Preventing toddler tantrums

  • child development

​A tantrum is a normal response to anger and frustration, but there are things you can do to help your toddler feel more in control.

Babies love to play

Do babies need play time?

  • child development

Babies explore and make sense of the world around them through play. It impacts all aspects of their development.

you can't spoil a baby with too much love and attention

Can you spoil a baby?

  • child development

There are plenty of things to worry about when you’re a new parent, but spoiling your baby isn’t one of them.

Preventing tooth-decay

4 tips to help prevent tooth decay – and potential future health problems – in young kids

  • health and nutrition

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease faced by young children. It’s also 100 percent preventable.”

Prepare your kids for kindergarten

6 ways to help your child be ready for kindergarten

  • parenting

Even if you don’t have a new kindergartener this year, it’s never too soon to start preparing for that first day with some fun, easy everyday activities.​

A parent's time is a gift

The best gift to give a child? Your time.

  • parenting

Young kids don’t need expensive toys. Positive, everyday moments spent together with the adults in their lives are what they need most to learn and…

Mom and baby - screen time

Pediatricians’ new recommendations for children’s media use

  • parenting

Screen time is a tricky issue for today’s parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced new recommendations to help families make…

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Teaching young kids gratitude extends beyond the holiday season

  • parenting

Gratitude is a concept that can be difficult for toddlers and preschoolers. The holiday season is a good time to teach young children some very important life…

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