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Gifts that Last a Lifetime: A Conversation about How to Support Our Young Children’s Optimal Health and Well-being

photo of optimal health ME guests Dr. Charlie Lais & Dr. Anne EdwardsWe all want our children to grow up to be healthy, happy, caring and competent adults. And we often feel compelled to find the latest program, gadget or strategy that will make optimal health and well-being happen. But, as this week’s Mom Enough guests know, it is simple things that matter most – activities that require no fancy equipment.

 

Dr. Charlie Lais, department chair of ob/gyn, and Dr. Anne Edwards, chair of pediatrics, are co-medical directors of the Children’s Health Initiative at Health Partners/Park Nicollet, working together to reach as many parents (and prospective parents) as possible with their simple but powerful message about supporting our young children’s optimal health and well-being. Tune in to their chat with Marti & Erin about “Read, Talk, Sing,” a centerpiece of their initiative, as well as the crucial foundations of social-emotional development that are built in the earliest months of life. Then get ready to have fun – and make a difference – with the babies in your life!

 

What are some concrete ways to implement “Read, Talk, Sing” with young children and with babies, even before they can talk? What are some of the most important ways to help babies develop trust, self-regulation and confidence to explore and learn?

 

To lean more about the Children’s Health Initiative, click here.

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