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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.

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

Books About Feelings for Babies and Toddlers - Provides book suggestions for babies and toddlers on a range of topics including self-control, dealing with anger or frustration, making friends, and coping with grief and loss. 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 Helping Your Child Develop Confidence - Offers suggestions for parents on promoting children’s sense of self-confidence. 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 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 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

How Men and Children Affect Each Other's Development - Presents a scholarly article from the Zero to Three Journal on the influence of paternal care on children's development. 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

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

Love, Learning, and Routines - Tips for parents highlighting how routines support children’s healthy social-emotional development 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

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

Using Questions to Support Your Child’s Learning - Curiosity is the key to learning, and questions are one of the most powerful tools for getting your toddler’s wheels turning. This resource will provide you with ideas and strategies for building your child’s thinking skills by using questions throughout your daily interactions together. Read More

I am concerned because my 3-year-old son, who until recently had great language skills and talked really clearly, has started to stutter. How should I handle this? - It can be confusing and worrisome to parents when they hear their child begin to stutter, especially when he or she had previously been speaking very clearly and smoothly. But in fact, stuttering is not uncommon between the ages of 2 and 5 as children learn to put sounds and words together to form thoughts and phrases. Read More

Social-Emotional Development From Birth to Three - Learn what you can do to support social-emotional development in your child from birth to age three.
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    24 to 36 Months     [25 KB ]

How Young Children Begin Learning Self-Control from Birth to Three - These age-based handouts focus on how children begin learning self-control—the ability to manage their emotions and stick to the limits you set.
    Birth to 12 Months
    12 to 24 Months
    24 to 36 Months 

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