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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

Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development - Discusses how parents can support their child’s social-emotional development through everyday interactions. Read More

The Power of Play: Learning Through Play from Birth to Three - Explores how play is the primary means that children learn from birth to age three, including how play supports children’s development in all areas, including their social-emotional skills. Read More

Telephone Tantrums - FAQ on what to do if baby cries while parent on the phone Read More

Slap! Ouch! Mommmmmm! - What to do when your 2-year-old slaps an older sibling? Read more about this very common behavior and how to handle it. Read More

Shy Toddler - FAQ about shyness around relatives Read More

Rewards for Good Behavior - FAQ on using rewards with toddlers Read More

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? - Ah, the joys of parenthood. We can’t wait until our little ones start to speak and can tell us what they are thinking and feeling. Then when they do, we are surprised to find ourselves wishing that they would just stop talking! But you’re not alone. An informal survey of parents on the embarrassing comments made by their toddlers included gems like: Is that a lady or a man? Mommy, your belly is sticking out—are you growing a baby? Why doesn’t that man have legs? Grammy smells bad! Read More

Raising a Thankful Child - Here you'll find some tips on helping your child develop the qualities of thankfulness and gratitude. Learning to be appreciative helps children in many ways across their lives—in building strong and healthy relationships, resisting marketing pressure for the “latest and greatest”, and becoming sensitive to the needs of others less fortunate than they are. Read More

Power Struggles - FAQ on power struggles over tooth-brushing Read More

Our daughter is 5 months old and I just found out I’m expecting. Do I tell her about the new baby? If so, how? - We have a 5-month-old daughter and just found out that I’m expecting. Our daughter will be 14 months old when our second is born. We’re not sure how to prepare her for the new baby since she'll barely be talking by then. Do children this young feel sibling rivalry? Read More

On the Move: The Power of Movement in Your Child's First Three Years - This booklet shows how young children develop skills through active play. Read More

My two-year-old daughter developed an imaginary friend after her older brother started preschool. Should I worry? - It's clear that your children enjoy a wonderfully close and loving relationship. Nice job! With such a bond between them, it's probably no surprise to you that any change in this special relationship is likely to be distressing for your toddler. Read More

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? - Learning social skills is certainly very important for young children. The more experience they have interacting with peers, the more they learn about how to get along with others, and the richer their world becomes as they develop new relationships. Read More

My son is 3 and has started to play with his penis. Not sure how to respond? - Have no fear—you are not alone. This is a very common phenomenon at this age and totally normal. Your son is exploring and learning about his body, and he is telling you what he thinks about it! This is a good thing. You want to make sure he has a positive body image, so how you deal this interaction is very important. Read More

My son is 14 months now and has started whining to get what he wants. Some days it seems he whines all day. - It’s not easy being a toddler. They have lots of thoughts and feelings but limited ways to communicate them! They will use whatever sounds or gestures they can to get the response they are looking for. Read More

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