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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.

Tip Sheets

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

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 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 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 Learn to Cooperate - Offers suggestions for promoting children’s ability to cooperate with others. 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


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

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

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


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. Learn More



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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