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Helping your child grow and learn

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The following information is to be used as a guide to and at the discretion of the end-user and should not replace a doctor’s opinion.

The first year: how can I help?

There are many ways you can help your baby grow and learn during their first year of life.
Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Love, hold and care for your baby
  • Respond to your babies needs and cries
  • Talk, read and play with your baby
  • Daily tummy time
  • Set limits and redirect their attention when needed- they are too young to understand good and bad at this age.

Years 1 to 2: how can I help?

There are many ways you can help your 1 to 2-year-old grow and learn.
Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Be patient!
  • Give your child plenty of rest and quiet time
  • Allow safe and appropriate independence

School-aged children: how can I help?

School-aged children are learning to think more logically, but they still need a lot of direction from their parents.

Here are some ideas to help your school-aged child:

  • Let them learn from their accomplishments and mistakes, but continue to provide unconditional support and direction
  • Use firm and consistent rules explained simply, clearly and gently
  • Self-esteem is fragile at this age: be encouraging and positive
  • Involvement in sports can be a great way to stay healthy and promote activity, not exercise
  • If your child is dealing with bullying, listen to their fears and create a concrete plan to stop the bullying immediately.  Talking to their teachers and the school can be very instrumental
  • Sex education begins in elementary school; use your child’s cue to determine what they should know and when
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