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Encouraging a Healthy Start

Fostering connections and strong relationships with your child are key to supporting their healthy social-emotional development. Let’s explore some relationship-building activities that you can add to your daily routine with your infants and toddlers. Spend Time Together This seems like a no-brainer. You might be thinking, “Well of course I have to spend time with… Read more »

Understanding Where YOU Are

During the course of this blog series, we’ve learned a lot about healthy social-emotional development and its long-term benefits. We’ve talked about milestones and staying alert to our children as they grow and develop. We also discussed knowing when to ask for help and further guidance. Today, we’re going to learn about the influence parents… Read more »

Knowing When to Ask For Help

In our last blog post, we learned about social-emotional milestones and the importance of observing as our children develop…but what happens if we notice that our child isn’t meeting his or her milestones?Although children have their own timetables and develop at different rates, we need to be on the look out to make sure their development… Read more »

Encouraging Milestone Moments

Understanding social-emotional development in infants and toddlers is important to be sure they are on track with learning the skills appropriate for their age. Developmental milestones can help you understand what to expect at different ages and identify areas of where your child may need to expand their skills. As your child grows and develops,… Read more »

Healthy Social-Emotional Development

Our new blog series will focus on healthy social-emotional development. In this series, we will help you understand what it is, provide some examples of social-emotional development and share why it is important to your child’s growth and development. According to Zero to Three, social-emotional development refers to your child’s ability to: Experience, regulate, and express… Read more »

Assessing and Decoding My Child’s Behavior

  By now we know that parents have a wide range of challenging behaviors to manage as their children grow and develop. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed that these behaviors can be the result of several different factors, including emotions, developmental stage, and the child’s environment. Now that we understand this in theory, let’s… Read more »

Setting the Scene: How Environment Affects Behavior

Behavior can be influenced by your child’s environment. The physical environment can either support positive behavior or contribute to challenging behavior. Luckily, this is something that we usually have control over! Many times, we can make small changes to the environment that can have a large impact on our children’s behavior. As we pay attention… Read more »

Emotions Can Be Difficult for Young Children

Emotions play a large role in challenging behaviors since young children can easily become overwhelmed by their feelings. We’ve all seen or experienced moments when a child is so consumed with emotion that they can’t control themselves. Imagine a 2 year old having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store when her mom… Read more »

Challenging Behaviors = Normal Child Development

Have you ever been completely baffled by the way your child is acting? Many parents struggle to understand and relate to children’s behavior, especially those challenging ones. Before you lose your cool and get frustrated in the heat of the moment, consider why your child is acting the way they are and what they are… Read more »