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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

I have a 15-month-old. Whenever he falls down or starts to cry because he wants to be picked up, my husband won't pick him up or comfort him because he says it will make him a "mama's boy." I disagree. - There is no one-size-fits-all approach for most parenting challenges, including the dilemma you’ve written about. Deciding how best to comfort a child who is upset requires that parents openly talk about their thoughts and feelings, and what their goals are for their child. Then they need to come to some agreement that respects where their child is developmentally and also takes into account both partners' perspectives. Read More

I can't get a handle on my 21-month-old's moods. - Toddlers are a lot like teenagers, which means they can be very moody. Your child's temperament is also a big factor. Some kids are easygoing and flexible and their moods are more stable. On the other end of the spectrum are kids who have much more intense emotions and reactions. Read More

How do I wean my 20-month-old daughter off her pacifier? - First, consider why you want to wean your child from the pacifier. If it’s interfering with her ability to interact, talk, or play with others, then it may be a good idea to phase it out. But if she is using it only to fall asleep and to soothe herself, then she’s using it wisely and there is no need to give it up right now. Read More

How can we help my 7-month-old develop a relationship with her grandparents who live 500 miles away? - The birth of a grandchild is a joyous time for most grandparents (and everyone else, too!), but is sometimes tempered with a degree of sadness if they live far away—as is so common now. Just by asking this question you are taking the first step to building a strong bridge across the generations, to nurture the very special relationship that can develop between grandparent and grandchild. Read More

Helping Your Child Begin Developing Self-Control - Explores a child’s growing capacity for self-control from birth to three. Read More

Helping Young Children Channel Their Aggression - Zero to Three journal article providing tips on helping toddlers cope with their strong feelings. Read More

Healthy Minds: Nurturing Your Child’s Healthy Development - Provides age-based information to parents that links research on child and brain development to the important ways which babies and toddlers grow and learn in the first three years. Read More

Healthy From the Start: How Feeding Nurtures Your Young Child's Body, Heart, and Mind - Offers parents information on how feeding skills unfold over the first three years. Read More

Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth - Discusses strategies for using everyday moments and routines to help children develop early literacy and other school readiness skills from birth to 3 years. Read More

Getting in Tune: The Powerful Influence of Music on Young Children’s Development - Discusses how exposure to music enhances children’s social-emotional development, especially in bonding with loved ones. Read More

Farewell to the Pacifier - FAQ on how to wean toddler from pacifier Read More

Encouraging Independence - FAQ on "me do it" toddler Read More

Divorce and Discipline - This resource is designed to help parents create a supportive home environment for their child when he is moving between houses in a shared custody arrangement. There are also practical suggestions for helping young children cope with two different sets of “house rules." Read More

Development of Social-Emotional Skills - This set of three, age-based handouts highlight how children begin developing important social-emotional skills (such as taking turns, sharing, building friendships, and resolving conflict) from birth to three. Read More

Development of Self-Control - This set of three, age-based handouts focus on how children begin to learn self-control—the ability to manage their emotions and stick to the limits you set. While babies are not born with self-control, they begin learning this skill at birth through loving, consistent interactions with caring adults. Read More

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