Choosing Child Care
Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Finding the right child care for your child takes time, but learning about the types of child care available and what makes a quality child care program can help when evaluating potential child care providers. Listen to this podcast for tips to help you in your search.
Communication involves expressing your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. With children, positive communication can help them feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings openly. They can also learn to respect the opinions, feelings, and thoughts of other people. As a parent, you have the ability to build healthy communication with your children. Listen to this podcast to learn how you, as a parent, can help your child develop healthy communication skills.
The benefits of being active last a lifetime. Getting enough daily exercise is one of the key factors to a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By making smart choices, you can ensure that your family develops healthy habits for an active lifestyle. Listen to this podcast to learn how you can help you child and family be active.
Family time is an important way to build and strengthen relationships within your family. Spending regular time with your children gives them a sense of security, love, and belonging. Today, we are often so busy that it can be hard for your family to find time to spend together. Listen to this podcast to learn how to create more opportunities to spend time together as a family.
Food for Your Baby’s First Year
Good nutrition is very important to your baby’s proper growth and development. Listen to this podcast for tips to help you make healthy choices for feeding your baby from birth to 12 months of age.
Anger is a common emotion, one that everyone feels at some time. You may not be able to change the person or situation that makes you angry, but you can control how you respond to anger. Listen for tips to help you recognize feelings of anger, identify possible anger triggers for you and your child, and give you tools to successfully manage your anger.
Healthy eating habits help children grow and stay healthy, and provide the energy they need physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Listen to this podcast to learn how you can help your children build healthy eating habits.
Every parent and caregiver struggles at one time or another with how to set limits on children’s behavior. The goal of positive discipline is to teach children to develop safe, socially responsible behavior that promotes self-respect and respect for the feelings and property of others. Listen to learn how to use positive discipline instead of punishment with your child.
As children explore and play in their environment, it is not uncommon for them to get hurt. As a parent or caregiver, you may not always be able to protect them, but you can take steps to lessen the chances of injuries and teach them safe habits to protect themselves from dangerous situations. Listen to this podcast to learn how to protect your child from potential dangers including cars, poisons, indoor and outdoor environments, fire, and the Internet.
What does it mean for a child to be ready for school? School success is not only about academics, but also the life skills needed to be ready and willing to learn. By understanding school readiness, you can help your children achieve success in both school and life. Listen to learn how you can help your child prepare for success.
As children grow and develop, they form opinions about themselves through the words and actions of others. By providing a loving and caring environment, parents and caregivers can positively shape a child’s self-image. Self-esteem affects a child’s life and personality, such as their relationships with others, attitude, decision and problem-solving abilities, energy, creativity, and success in reaching goals. Listen to this podcast to learn how you can foster positive self-esteem for your child.
Most parents have experienced some separation anxiety when leaving their child with a babysitter, at child care, or at school. This often leads to a stressful goodbye for both children and parents alike. Listen to this podcast for tips on how to make this transition easier for both you and your child.
Getting enough sleep is an important part of a healthy, happy lifestyle. Yet parents often face many challenges with their children and sleep. Listen to learn how you can help your child get the quality sleep he or she needs.
Special Needs – Caregivers
Children with special needs are more like other children than unlike them, because all children share the same basic needs: acceptance, care, challenges, love, and support. However, a child with special needs does require special care because of emotional, health, intellectual, or physical reasons. Listen to this podcast for tips to evaluate children’s needs and develop a plan to provide the best care for each child.
Special Needs – Parents
If you have a child with special needs, you know they require special care for emotional, health, intellectual, or physical reasons. As a parent, getting the information and help you need to provide the best care for your child will promote his success. Listen to this podcast to learn about your rights as a parent raising a child with special needs and tips on how to navigate the system and promote inclusion for your child.
Children need to be in the best possible health in order to reach their full potential. Illnesses cause children to miss school and parents to miss work. This podcast will give you tips on how to keep your family healthy by preventing illnesses before they begin.
Being a parent or caregiver can sometimes seem like an overwhelming responsibility. While caring for your child, you are also fulfilling many other roles that can create stress at home, at work, and in other settings. If stress is not recognized and dealt with quickly, it can affect the physical, emotional, and mental health of you and your family. Listen here to learn to identify stressors, recognize the signs of stress, and give you tips on how to manage stress in your family.
Toilet Teaching without Tears
Toilet learning, commonly referred to as “potty training”, takes teamwork between a parent, child, and the child care provider. Success depends on patient, understanding adults and a child who is physically, intellectually, and emotionally ready. This podcast will help you evaluate your child’s toilet learning readiness and give you tips to help your child move from diapers to the toilet successfully.
When a Child Bites
Biting is often a common issue with young children. Understanding why a child bites is key to stopping the behavior. This podcast will identify common reasons which may cause a child to bite and give tips on how to address and stop that behavior.
When Is Your Child Too Ill to Go to Child Care?
How do you know if your child is too ill to go to child care? How sick is too sick? Deciding when to keep a sick child out of child care can be difficult, especially with parents’ busy schedules and the demands of work or school. This episode will help you identify the signs to help you determine when your child should stay home.