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Tips for Choosing Quality Child Care

As families across the country get ready for back-to-school season, many are also preparing to return to in-person work, which means finding the right program to support their children’s ongoing learning and development. According to “The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects” report, choosing a quality preschool helps …

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Spotting a Speech Disorder in Children

When my son was a toddler, he couldn’t pronounce the letter “R.” Words like “river” were “wivuh” and “crab” became “cwab.” At the time, I thought these speech errors only made his chubby-cheeked baby-talk ramblings all the more endearing. As he entered kindergarten, he learned to read and write, but …

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Tips for Using Car Seats Safely

Installing and using a child’s car seat might seem straightforward, but you would be surprised how often car seat checkup events can prove otherwise. Maryland’s current child seat misuse rate is 60% and includes factors such as the wrong car seat for the child’s age, weight, or height; incorrect installation; …

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A Rested Mom Is a Fulfilled Mom

Meghan Mattingly is up again. On most nights, one or both of her boys wakes up several times. “They both were out of cribs really, really early,” she says. And it keeps getting worse, “because they started just jumping out.” Mattingly has to deal with her own sleep issues, too. …

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Distinctions, Not Differences: Autism Acceptance Month

April is traditionally dedicated to the subject of autism. In the past, the phrase “Autism Awareness Month” was used in connection with this month, but Tom Flis, behavioral services manager at Sheppard Pratt, says that a current movement is aimed at focusing on autism acceptance. Learn more about the significance …

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How Do I Teach My Children to Clean Their Room?

A child’s bedroom is a place for privacy and self-expression. You’re likely not keen about your children expressing themselves with bedroom floors covered in miniature racecars or clothes every night. What’s a parent to do? Set your kids up for success early. Teach your children to clean their rooms and …

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