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New Year, New Routines

By Too Small to Fail

Every family benefits from routines, and daily ones you share together are important to help your baby thrive! Consistent routines help young children know what to expect in the day and makes them feel safe. Routines play an important role in child development: they provide little ones with opportunities to learn, bond with their caregivers, and handle transitions more easily.

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Promoting Social and Emotional Development: Four New Resources for Communities and Families with Young Children

Kara Dukakis, Libby Doggett, and Shantel E. Meek
By Kara Dukakis, Libby Doggett, and Shantel E. Meek

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All children are born with the need and desire to connect with those around them. Neuroscience tells us that brain development unfolds rapidly in the first three years of life, and that social and emotional development begins in the earliest days of life. When children feel secure in their relationships and have their needs met in responsive and consistent ways, they begin forming a strong social and emotional foundation. They begin to learn to pay attention, regulate their emotions and behavior, express feelings, and overcome challenges successfully. All of these skills contribute to healthy social and emotional development.

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Raising a Resilient Child

By Too Small to Fail

The quality of the relationship you have with your child plays a big role in her healthy development! Building a close, loving relationship is the most important thing you can do to help your little one develop resilience, the coping skills that will help her bounce back in the face of difficult circumstances. 

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Bonding with your Child

By Too Small to Fail

Last week, we celebrated parents and the special bond they create with their young children. Research shows that the emotional bonds built early on between babies and their caregivers are essential: they are the first steps in promoting healthy development. Warm and secure relationships with caregivers support young children’s early development, their school readiness, and their ability to form positive relationships with others.

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Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

By Too Small to Fail

Good nutrition is key to healthy child development, especially during the first two years. Young brains need a variety of healthy nutrients to support their cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. Family meal times also offer great opportunities to bond and share conversations that promote children’s early language development.  

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