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Children need opportunities to contribute, to do something of value. They thrive when parents give them opportunities to discover what they can contribute to the wellbeing of their family and community. Children need to be allowed, encouraged and supported in identifying and using their unique qualities and skills for the common good. Watch as Marti…

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Children need limits to feel secure. When your toddler runs toward the street, instead of saying “no,” say “danger” because it gives the child a reason for not continuing to run. You’re teaching the child and telling him why at the same time – setting a clear limit. Watch for more tips from Erin, including…

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Infants and young children are naturally curious and eager to explore. Children do not need opportunities to do flashcards or play with electronics. They do best with human interaction – stepping back and not telling your children how to play but following their cues. Watch as Marti shares why free play and exploration are so…

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You can create a rich language environment for your children. What does that mean?   Watch as Erin explains how to create a language environment by talking to infants long before they can talk back; engaging children with stories, songs and rhymes; asking “why” and “how” and “what if…” questions that stretch the children’s minds…

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What can you do to help your infant cry less, be more independent as a toddler and be more cooperative as he or she gets older? Children absolutely need a secure base, which begins in infancy. You won’t spoil a baby by responding to them consistently and predictably.   Throughout development, moms and dads continue…

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