Babies enter the world ready to learn. Before they can recognize words, grab an object or even focus their eyes, they can enjoy books. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy encouraging parents to read aloud daily beginning in infancy. After all, if we want our children to become lifelong readers, we need to […]
My grandmother died very recently, when I was 28 weeks pregnant. When I had first told her I was pregnant, my grandmother talked about how excited she was to hold the baby and to be a great-grandmother. As she became ill, she started to give me advice on how to care for the baby and […]
Parenting Now! asked community members to reminisce about the lasting gifts they have received from their parents. Sheryl Kesey Thompson: “Whether they intended to or not, my parents offered my brother and me experiences, opportunities and travels that were unique and full of adventure as we were growing up. Although I remember not always being […]
Age-Appropriate Gift Ideas from Parenting Now! Suggested by our professional parenting educators The parenting educators at Parenting Now! want to remind parents that their time with their children is the best gift. Here are some other options: INFANTS (used with adult supervision once the child is old enough to sit up): Mirrors (unbreakable) Balls “Baby […]
Parent-Child Programs Holds Promise Parenting is one of the most rewarding activities one can do, but it is also one of the most challenging. As the saying goes, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Therefore, many parents welcome additional tools that can support their children’s healthy development. Increasingly, scientific evidence on child development is revealing […]
My children love hearing the stories of my childhood, including tales about answering machines and chatting with friends on a phone connected to a wall. Gasp! Today, we live in a different world; social media means people, places and things are available at a swipe of a finger. For parents, it can feel overwhelming – […]
Sensory bins can be used to support many areas of a child’s development, including social and emotional. While using the sensory bin, children of different ages and developmental levels can play together, practice sharing and taking turns and collaborate with one another. Additionally, sensory play calms the brain, making it easier to focus and learn, and because there is no ‘right way’ to play, all children can feel successful.
When children enter group settings, such as play groups, daycares, preschools and schools, they are exposed to many common germs. Reducing their risk of infection requires that teachers, parents and caregivers know the myths and facts of infection control.
Children and families face any number of different needs that may keep the youngsters from developing and reaching their personal potential. Many of these issues are out of the parent or child’s control. However, when it comes to kids who just don’t get enough floor time, and especially tummy time as infants, there is something […]
With a current focus on school readiness, our nation and communities are looking at supporting early education. High-quality early childhood education programs increase childhood literacy and high school graduation rates, not to mention reducing crime and teen pregnancy rates. As a result, children are coming to school ready to learn and be successful.