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Managing Working From Home and Interruptions

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many of us are working remotely, have children distance learning, or have toddlers and preschoolers home all day needing snacks, help with putting on shoes, wanting your attention at the worst possible time. Life with preschoolers and toddlers is full of interruptions, and if you feel like it’s a …

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Remembering Anita

We have lost one of our own.  Anita Quincy-Huffman passed away December 27, 2020.  Anita was with us from almost the beginning. She started as a volunteer intern in the early 80s, and soon joined our team to become a major influence and change-maker for Birth To Three and Parenting Now over the years. Anita …

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Helpful (And Not So Helpful) Beliefs Parents Have About Their Child’s Behavior

It is extremely rewarding and enjoyable to be a parent, but it’s not always easy. And sometimes we make it harder for ourselves by holding beliefs about our children’s behavior that are exaggerated, untrue—or sometimes just plain unhelpful. When our children misbehave—whether it’s throwing toys or name calling—we sometimes look for a reason “why.” Many …

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Clean Up Time Can Be Fun and Simple

With your family spending more time at home, it may seem like the messes are endless. While having toys and activities scattered around the house is often a part of a child’s play, cleaning up doesn’t just have to be just a grownup responsibility. By 3 or 4 years old, most children have the ability …

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Benefits of a Musically Rich Learning Environment for Preschoolers

Being exposed to a musically rich learning environment has a great positive impact on young children, especially preschoolers. Musical activities help children explore the world around them and discover new things in an entertaining and enjoyable manner. When children engage in musical activities–such as singing, moving to music, doing action songs, and playing musical instruments—they …

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Building Your One’s Brain Power

One-year olds are eager and curious learners. Brain development during this year lays the foundation for all of their future learning. Ones naturally love activities that activate their brain development: touching, looking, tasting, talking, listening, moving, and playing—these are some of the best activities for building strong brains. Watch your one-year old as they play. …

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Milestones in Speech and Language Development

It starts one day with an adorable babble. Then the next, you’re pretty sure you heard your baby say “Dada.” And next thing you know, your child is talking nonstop about video games, telling Knock Knock Jokes, and reading to you from their favorite book. The first three years of a child’s life is the most intensive …

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Understanding Imagination’s Role in Toddler Fears

Between the ages of 3 and 4, a child’s imagination grows leaps and bounds. Imaginative play is an important part of how a child practices skills, processes social interactions and roles, and explores new concepts—including math, science, and even literacy!  But sometimes a toddler’s growing imagination can lead to new fears. These fears can range …

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Morning Routines Simplified

During a “normal” school year, parents and kids rush out the door each morning, scarfing down breakfast, grabbing their backpacks, and lacing up their shoes, as they narrowly miss the school bus or carpool. This school year, however, mornings look a little differently for many of us. Instead of signing permission slips and finding lost …

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