Tip of the Week

Baby Conversation

August 17, 2022

Back and forth conversations, like a game of catch, are how babies learn language best. Remind parents to respond to any sounds or bids for attention that their baby makes, either by repeating the same sound, or pretending that they understood what they were saying. Filling a baby’s day with words is one of the…

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Activity: Hand Shapes

August 10, 2022

From our partners at VROOM, here’s a fun activity for parents of 4 year olds to do while they wait. Show a child how to make a triangle with their hands by putting their thumbs and fingers together. Then, encourage them to make other shapes with their hands and fingers. Can they make a square? A…

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Water Safety

August 3, 2022

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children 1-4 years old. Here are a few tips to share with families around water safety: Before starting the bath, adults should make sure they have everything they need, so they never leave a baby alone in a bathtub. Anytime a child is around water, an adult…

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The Importance of Play

July 27, 2022

This week, we are sharing a tip from Dr. Prachi Shah, a developmental-behavioral pediatric specialist at the University of Michigan. Play is important for children to build cognitive and social-emotional skills, problem solving, creativity and curiosity. Challenge your families to find 5-10 minutes a day for “sunshine time” with their children. This is a time…

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Sparks: A Video Series for Parents

July 20, 2022

Meet Sparks, a parent video series that pairs with well-child visits from birth to age 5. Made BY providers, FOR providers, Sparks blends anticipatory guidance on social-emotional-cognitive development, medical, safety, sleep, and nutrition topics. Sparks is FREE and was created by the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, Zero to Three, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and a diverse team of leaders…

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July 13, 2022

Lying is a common behavior of 4-5 year olds. As a provider, you can reassure parents that lying, while frustrating, demonstrates critical thinking skills and comes from age-appropriate confusion between fantasy and reality. The following suggestions can help create a relaxed reaction and make children more likely to tell the truth: Acknowledge the feeling or…

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