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10 Routines That Will Strengthen a Parent-Child Relationship We all crave those close moments with our children that melt our hearts. Connection is as essential to us as it is to our children. When our relationship is strong, it's also sweet, so we receive as much as we give. That's what makes parenting worth all the sacrifices. Researchers remind us that we need five positive interactions to each negative interaction to keep a relationship healthy. Here are ten that don't add time to your day, but do add connection. Website
10 Things Every Child Needs (Videos) At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of that an adult's brain. During infancy and early childhood, children are flooded with new experiences that impact their brain development. The first 3 years of a child's life offer parents and other caregivers an amazing opportunity to shape the child's growth and form healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This site offers 10 videos discussing ways to facilitate child development from birth to three. Website
12 Ways to Support Language Development with Infants and Toddlers This short, sweet list is a helpful resource for families and early care and education professionals. Website
15 Adorable Facts About How Babies Learn This article, in Mental Floss, offered this and other insights: "A 2012 study of 1-year-old infants found that interactive music classes lead to better communication. The babies learned to play percussion instruments and sing songs with their parents in an early music class. Compared with a control group, these children showed a greater sensitivity to musical structures and tones, along with better early communication skills like waving goodbye or pointing to an object they wanted." Website
20+ Halloween Activities for Toddlers Looking for activity ideas for toddlers? Check out this website for some fun ideas. Website
40 Winter Activities for Toddlers 40 fun, winter-themed crafts and activities for toddlers! Website
5 Myths About Young Children and Screen Media Debunking common myths about the impact of screen use on babies and toddlers Website
5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return Child-adult relationships that are responsive and attentive--with lots of back and forth interactions--build a strong foundation in a child's brain for all future learning and development. This is called "serve and return," and it takes two to play! Follow these 5 steps to practice serve and return with your child. Website
5 Tips for Baby Conversations Why should you talk to a baby? Because young children need to hear language in order to learn it. This article highlights evidence-based practices for supporting speech, language, and vocabulary development in very young children. Website
5 Tips for Baby’s First Halloween: Fun not Frightful  Halloween can easily be an overwhelming holiday for the littlest trick-or-treaters. This article contains helpful ideas to help infants and toddlers have fun. Document