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Helping your child deal with big feelings

  • social-emotional development

Best-selling author Dr. John Medina gives expert advice on how to navigate your child’s big emotions and build a foundation of healthy communication.

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Guiding young children through difficult times

  • parenting

Find resources to help you support your young children through these stressful times and age-appropriate ways to talk about tough issues like race and equity.

‘Navigating the New Normal’: Parents and experts on helping kids through the pandemic

  • parenting

A new 20-minute video from Noggin features questions from parents and advice from early childhood experts to help you and your family deal with stress.

caring for yourself helps you care for your children

A message for moms in challenging times

  • parenting

Try to remember that you don’t have to be perfect and that you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of your children.

A child during a health checkup

Doctors urge parents to keep up with checkups and immunizations during COVID-19

  • health & nutrition

Doctors say don’t skip regularly scheduled immunizations. They’re very important for preventing other serious diseases that are more dangerous for…

Mother hugging daughter, both smiling

Benefits of a good snuggle

  • social-emotional development

Many studies show that your loving touch is essential for your baby’s developing brain. And cuddling also reduces their anxiety, creating calmer kids.

fun activities you can do at-home with young children

At-home activities: Another day, another way to play

  • play

As the days at home start to pile up, here are some ideas for fun at-home activities that highlight how young children learn and grow through play.

parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing

Parenting in the time of coronavirus and social distancing

  • parenting

Get some expert advice and encouragement to help you do your best during this period of stress, uncertainty and staying home.

Tips for talking with young children about coronavirus

  • parenting

Find information and resources to help support young children emotionally with concerns about COVID-19.

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