Parents' Corner

What Is Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

 Donna Wittmer and Sandy Peterson authored a landmark book on the subject. Titled Infant and Toddler Development and Responsive Program Planning: A Relationship-Based Approach, the book provides an in-depth look at this topic. You can access a fifty-page preview at PearsonHigherEd.com, and here are just a few highlights:

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Topics: Child Development, Infant Care

Child Development Watch: Encouraging Their Natural Gifts

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 18, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Before we delve into strategies to consider, here’s a question to ponder: are children’s gifts and talents the result of nature—something they’re born with—or nurture, something that parents and teachers can help to bring out and flourish?

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits

Activities That Help Young Children Develop Gross Motor Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 04, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Gross motor movements involve the use of large groups of muscles to help children walk, run, jump, skip, kick, and more. As children develop, they should become more adept in movements that rely upon gross motor skills—and VeryWellFamily.com offers a series of general benchmarks by age.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Should You Send Your Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 20, 2022 @ 06:45 AM

Summer camp comes with plenty of benefits and, to help you decide whether to send your child this year, look at this list. Would you like your child to enjoy these four benefits?

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Topics: Child Development, Summer Camp

How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 13, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

With daylight saving time approaching in early November, we’re considering the importance of sleep for children. While we will be gaining an hour, how much sleep is really needed for children? The answer is that it depends on their age.

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Topics: Child Development

Winning the Bedtime Battle: Why You Child Won’t Go to Sleep

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 22, 2021 @ 06:30 PM

If you’re a parent who struggles to get your child to go to sleep at night, it can help to determine why your child is experiencing insomnia. Because there are multiple reasons why children don’t fall asleep easily, there are also numerous solutions to consider.

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Topics: Child Development

National Grandparents Day: Seven Bonding Activities to Celebrate

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 01, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

Marian McQuade is recognized as the founder of National Grandparents Day. She wanted young people to understand the importance of older adults and their contributions to society. In 1977, congress requested that President Jimmy Carter proclaim the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. President Carter followed through on Aug. 3, 1978, and the day was first celebrated in 1979.

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Topics: Child Development

How Imaginative Play Aids in Early Development

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 28, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

“Just imagine! A few kitchen chairs and clean bedsheets become a fortress deep in the Hundred Acre Wood. One wooden spoon is a microphone, and two more are drumsticks. A stack of old newspapers is a dragon egg of paper mâché waiting to happen. Oh, the possibilities!” (Healthline.com)

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Topics: Child Development, Summer Camp

Screen Time for School-Age Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), children aged 8-12 in the United States spend four to six hours each day either watching or using screens (and that’s not counting e-learning screen time during COVID for children learning remotely).

Is that healthy? How much time is too much?

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Topics: Child Development

Seasonal Affective Disorder in Children: What to Know

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, emerging in the fall and winter as daylight lessens and letting up in the spring and summer as the days lengthen.

While SAD has received a fair amount of attention for its effects on adults, the condition can also affect children. Here’s what you should know about SAD and how to help your child if they experience it.

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Topics: Child Development

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