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Little Kids, Big Questions
is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

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PodcastsBeyond “Use Your Words!”: How Babies Begin to Develop Self-Control in the First Three Years - In this podcast, Dr. Brenda Jones Harden describes how young children develop self control starting even in the first year of life. Learn More

PodcastsShh, Shh, It’s Okay: Coping With Crying in Babies and Toddlers -  In this podcast, Dr. Pam High offers insight into one of the most distressing issues for so many new parents—how to cope with fussiness and crying. Learn More

PodcastSharing the Care: How Partnering with Your Child’s Caregiver Supports Healthy Development -In this podcast, Dr. Jerlean Daniel describes what quality child care looks like and how parents and child care providers can work together to share the care of young children. Learn More

PodcastsEarly Experiences Count: How Emotional Development Unfolds Starting at Birth - In this podcast, Dr. Ross Thompson describes how early emotional development unfolds and what parents can do to nurture strong, positive social and emotional skills starting at birth. Learn More

PodcastAcross the Generations:  The Role of Grandparents in Young Children’s Lives - In this podcast, Dr. Barbara Bowman talks about the important role of grandparents in the lives of young children. Learn More

PodcastOur Families, Ourselves:  How Our History Influences How We Raise Our Children - In this podcast, Dr. Dan Siegel talks about how the way we are brought up influences the way we bring up our kids—the power of the past on our parenting. Learn More

Podcast“I Like Me!”: Developing Self-Esteem in the Early Years -In this podcast, Dr. Jeree Pawl describes how young children develop self-esteem. Learn More

PodcastDaddy, Papi, Papa or Baba: The Influence of Father’s on Young Children’s Development -In this podcast, Dr. Kyle Pruett talks about the important and unique role of fathers in the lives of young children. Learn More

Without fail, as soon as I answer the telephone my 1-year-old starts fussing for my attention. - My friend tells the story of calling a local child care center when her daughter was 9 months to see if there were any openings. I dialed the numbers, got the answering machine, and tried to leave a message. Read More

When he doesn't get his way, my 18-month-old will scream at the top of his lungs. - You can’t. Sixteen-month-olds are not rational beings so forget any strategies that include logic! What you can do is feel proud that you have nurtured your son’s self-confidence, curiosity, and eagerness to learn. Read More

When a Child is Inconsolable: Stay Near - Essay from the Zero to Three Journal exploring how, when a child is upset, “all” a caring adult can do is be there—and that is plenty. Read More

What should I do when my 2 1/2-year-old won’t share her toys with our 8-month-old? - Sibling rivalry usually heats up once the younger child is crawling and getting into the older one’s stuff. I think about my own son’s shocked (and furious) face the first time his 6-month-old sister reached out and swatted his carefully-constructed block tower. Read More

Too Easygoing - FAQ on helping toddler become more assertive. Read More

Toddlers and Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It and How to Respond - Parent resource on challenging behavior in toddlers Read More

To Tell You the Truth - I've caught my 3-year-old telling fibs from time-to-time. How do I handle it? Read More

Tips on Nurturing Your Child’s Curiosity - Offers suggestions for encouraging children’s interest and engagement in the world around them. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Learn to Cooperate - Offers suggestions for promoting children’s ability to cooperate with others. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Learn to Communicate - Offers suggestions to parents on supporting children’s language and communication skills. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Persistence - Offers suggestions on how to encouraging their children to “stick-to-it” and persist in the face of challenges. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy - Empathy, or the ability to imagine how another person is feeling, is a critical life skill. Empathy helps children share and take turns, form lasting friendships, and manage aggression. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Confidence - Offers suggestions for parents on promoting children’s sense of self-confidence. Read More

Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships - Highlights strategies for supporting children’s relationship-building skills—the ability to bond and connect with others. Read More

Tips on Dealing with Toddlers Who Want To Be Carried - FAQ on how to deal with toddler who always wants to be carried Read More

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Focusing on Peers: The Importance of Relationships in the Early Years - This unique book presents a state-of-the-art research review on the development of infant and toddler relationships. More Details

Early Experiences Count: How Emotional Development Unfolds Starting at Birth
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My toddler has been at home with me since he was born. Do you think it is necessary that he begin preschool or child care in order to develop social skills?
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My 3-year-old son spends half his time with me and my wife, and the other half with his mother. When he is with my ex-wife, my son gets away with more than when he’s with me. I’m not sure how to handle that.
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Recently, my 3-year-old made the following comments in public: “Mommy, he is fat!” What do you do when your child makes embarrassing comments about people?
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