A smiling baby boy crawls outdoors on grass

Developing Motor Skills at Your Child’s Pace

Contrary to popular belief, motor development – how the body and muscles intentionally move – does not naturally occur with age. Just like learning to…
A little boy sitting on a potty in the bathroom, excitedly reading a storybook

Potty Training 101: Tips from a First-Time Dad

When it comes to first milestones and the uncharted waters of child rearing, parents often find themselves asking, “Am I qualified to do this?” The…
Two young girls lying in a fort made of blankets in their home

Six Indoor Activities to Keep Children Active This Winter

When the temperatures drop and outdoor play is not an option, ensuring your little one gets enough physical activity every day can be a challenge. It…
Mother and her daughter spend quality time reading together

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Preschoolers

As a pediatrician and a parent, I have invested a considerable amount of time promoting and teaching healthy habits to both my patients and my…
Two little girls tickling each other playfully while lying in the grass

How to Help Your Preschooler Make Friends

Parents play a major role in helping young children develop a healthy social life. While it is essential that little ones have ample time and…

Teaching Appreciation for Others in a Global Society

When I was a child living in a small, rural community, my worldview was pretty narrow. It wasn’t until college that I realized that there are many other perspectives on life. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then and our communities – even in rural areas – are more culturally diverse than ever. The 2010 United States census indicated that, for the first time in American history, America's racial and ethnic “minorities” make up about half of the under-5 age…

Play and Connect with Your Child This Summer!

Now that summertime is here, there is more daylight, warmer temperatures and lots of opportunities to play and connect with your child! In the preschool years, children are using their newly developing thinking, speaking and feeling skills to figure out where they belong in their family. When young children experience a consistent, loving, secure connection with their parents, they naturally develop the ability to express their thoughts and feelings. They also begin to understand the wants and needs of others.…

Books That Teach Young Children About Disasters

As a person who thrives on finding life’s efficiencies (I don’t know if that makes me smart or lazy!), I have always been a fan of the “two–in-one” concept. Sure, some combinations seem ridiculous (e.g., The Snuggie—the jacket-blanket that we all pretend we don’t own). But with hectic schedules, I think we all want to maximize our time and efforts to help our children thrive. So why not pair literacy with emergency preparedness? At Save the Children we know that…

Encouraging Reluctant Readers: Tips to Get Your Child Excited About Books

We all know the tale of the groundhog who fears his shadow. If he catches a glimpse of it on February 2, he burrows back into his hole and winter weather continues for six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring arrives sooner. Just as the groundhog disappears back underground at the sight of his shadow, some children immediately retreat when they see books. It is our job as parents and educators to coax these reluctant readers out of…
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