Tip of the Week

The Importance of Toddlerproofing

December 6, 2023

With toddlers on the move in a whole new way, it’s time for families to address new dangers in their homes. Here are 3 tips to share with parents at your next visit:Creating a safe space in the home can help children to practice their independence and support development.Babyproofing can reduce the number of times caregivers have to yell “NO!” throughout the day.Curiosity and exploration are normal parts of toddler development. Toddlers are not trying to be “naughty,” but instead learning about how the world works through their experiences.

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Modeling Ways to Learn from Children

November 29, 2023

A new study published in the journal of Developmental Psychology highlights the importance of encouraging parents to learn from their children, instead of focusing on teaching them. When teaching, parents can become intrusive, limiting natural exploration and controlling play. ‍In your next visit, model following a child’s lead or interest in the room, asking questions directly to children to empower their voice, and showing curiosity in their perspective or understanding.

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The Importance of Responsibility

November 22, 2023

Giving children age-appropriate jobs and chores, not only helps them to feel a sense of confidence and independence, but also builds important connections within their family and community. Responsibilities can also impart family values, and build a sense of belonging that bolsters self-esteem.

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Multilingual Homes

November 15, 2023

Though many parents worry about confusion or delays related to multiple languages being used in the home, you can reassure them of the many benefits. These include strengthening children’s executive function skills, and helping them to make emotional connections with caregivers in their native language.

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Signs of Toilet Training Readiness

November 8, 2023

Though there is no exact science on when children should begin potty training - and many paths to get to the same result - there are several signs that can help parents figure out if their child is ready. See below for tips from our potty training module:

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Including Fathers in Discussions about Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

November 8, 2023

A new pilot study suggests that postpartum depression may be more common in fathers than previously believed. Providers are therefore encouraged to include fathers in screening for PPD or anxiety in early visits - including feelings of inadequacy around infant care, or isolation from caregiving activities.

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