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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet There is every real possibility that your child's kindergarten classroom will have a set of rules posted on the wall. In every community there must be rules, which provide some sense of order and boundar...
  • Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    Are you preparing your child to be independent? Teaching your child life skills is not only important for self-care and sufficiency— it also allows him to feel empowered, works on socialization and reasoning, and helps develop healthy self-este...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care ...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time In the kindergarten classroom, your child will be expected to do her share of taking care of the classroom environment. This can include anything from picking up blocks after play to throwing away trash after sn...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
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    Car Games
    Top Toys for Traveling Toddlers
    It can be tough to keep rambunctious rugrats entertained for long car trips or plane rides. Curb on-the-move melt-downs with these great travel toys and games for toddlers. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with Scissors
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with ScissorsIt is most likely that you will find scissors on the "back-to-school" shopping list. You will want to select a good pair of child-sized scissors that your child can hold comfortably in his hand and that wi...
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    Sleeping Through the Night
    8 Essential Products to Help Babies & Toddlers Sleep
    Are you struggling to get your baby to sleep through the night or to get your toddler to fall asleep (and stay asleep!) at bedtime? Check out these helpful and soothing sleepy-time products that some other parents swear by. ...
    Erin Dower
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    Shyness
    Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive
    Not every person is cut out to be a social butterfly. Research shows that nearly half of all teens and adults identify themselves as shy. Some people are born with a timid temperament, and others seem to develop a shy personality along the way....
    Erin Dower
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Toddler Nutrition
    Two-Year-Old Refuses to Eat
    Two-and-a-half-year-olds really want to have control over something -- and what they eat is the number one control issue. ...
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    Brain Development
    Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
    Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates ...
    Erin Dower
  • Learning Activities for Toddlers
    12 Toddler Playtime Activities Using Common Household Items
    Looking for some easy imagination playtime activities for your busybody toddler or preschooler? Just check your cabinets, toy box, or recycling bin for some new "toys" and supplies for playtime. All of these activities use basic household items t...
    Erin Dower
  • Solve Your Child
    Sleeping Through the Night
    How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night: 7 Books Explain the Most Common Sleep Training Methods
    How well does your baby sleep? Whether he screams at bedtime, frequently wakes up, or doesn't like to nap, it may seem like a good night's sleep (for everyone!) is something only dreams are made of. If you think sleep training might be the answer...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable Month-by-Month Developmental Milestone Chart
    Print this developmental milestone chart, and check off each milestone as your child grows into her first year of life. It's important to remember that babies develop at different rates, and this printable represents general guidelines. ...
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    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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  • Sleep Schedules
    Recommended Sleep Needs By Age
    Use this printable guide to help determine if your child is getting enough sleep as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. ...
    Lindsay Hutton