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If You Want to Help Your Kids Get Smarter, Limit Screen Time

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By Too Small to Fail

Young child and mother using a tablet together.

As parents and caregivers, you are bombarded by advertisements for hundreds of shows, movies and internet apps that claim to help children prepare for school and improve learning. But most early childhood experts agree that too much screen time—meaning time that children spend in front of a television, computer or mobile device—can actually do more harm than good. 

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Prenatal Care Effects Felt Long After Birth

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Glowing pregnant woman

Parents focus on taking good care of their babies once they are born by providing them with nutritious food, clean clothes and a safe environment, but there are steps that parents can take to ensure the wellbeing of their children even before birth. 

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Vaccinate For Health

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By Too Small to Fail

Baby getting a vaccine

Many parents worry when their pediatrician first explains how their babies will be vaccinated. “I cried harder than my baby,” said the mother of one newborn who recently received his first round of vaccinations. Despite the negative reactions from parents and children at the idea of multiple injections, the truth is that regular vaccinations keep our children and communities healthier in the long run.

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Storytelling Builds Imagination (Dragons Not Included)

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By Too Small to Fail

Father telling his baby a story

The rhythmic voice of a grandfather telling a story about his childhood, or the varied character voices that a parent uses to tell a made-up story, will linger in a child’s mind for years after the storytelling is finished. This is because stories—real or fiction—spark the imagination of the child listening to them, and encourage that child to listen not just to the words being spoken, but to the emotion and experience of the storyteller.

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Literacy is Rooted in Love

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By Too Small to Fail

Father reading to his son and niece

One of the sweetest, most memorable, experiences for a parent or caretaker is sitting down in a chair, putting your arm around your child, and reading books together.

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The Vital Role of Parents

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Family laughing together

Parents keep children safe and healthy – it’s in our genes to look out for our children’s well-being. We react instinctively when a child is in harm’s way.

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The Special Role of Grandparents

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By Too Small to Fail

Grandparents and grandchild cuddle up

Many of us remember childhood time with our grandparents with fondness: almost like our parents but with more time to play and maybe more willing to spoil us a little.    

But grandparents also play a very functional role in today’s society. More than three million children in the United States are cared for every day by grandparents while their parents go to work.

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National Momentum Builds to Close the Word Gap

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By Too Small to Fail

Mother reading with her toddler in bedroom

It’s not every day that we get a chance to celebrate victories, is it? But lately the good news about local efforts to close the word gap has been buoying all of us at Too Small to Fail. People across the country are in agreement that talking, reading and singing to children from birth strengthens bonds with them and builds vocabularies so they can better prepare for school.

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