How to Use Data to Advocate Effectively • ZERO TO THREE

Contact a nearby university and ask for their university research bureau. They may have difficult-to-find data to meet your needs. 3. Explain the Data (Adding/subtracting, percents, rates, percent change) To help people understand the data, you need to put it in a form that best presents your case.

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Steps Toward Crawling • ZERO TO THREE

A baby’s first jump forward might actually be a scoot backward. As babies figure out how to do that arm-leg-arm-leg crawling movement, they sometimes go backward first, and then learn how to crawl forward.

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Here’s to Healthy Eating: Habits to Start and Habits to

Habits to Start. Offer three to four healthy choices at mealtimes. Make sure that at least one of the choices is something the child likes to eat. Providing two to three health snacks per day. If children don’t eat a lot at a meal, they will have a healthy option for a snack. Let children take a “dip.”. Children like to play with their food.

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Supporting Thinking Skills From 0-12 Months • ZERO TO THREE

It's through interactions and experiences with loved and trusted adults that babies begin to make sense of the world. Learn how you can support your baby's thinking skills from 0-12 months.

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Sexual Health and Safety • ZERO TO THREE

It’s common to have a lot of questions about how to discuss children’s bodies and how to respond to their early interest in sexual play. Through supportive and thoughtful responses, parents can ensure their children learn to love and trust themselves, feel proud of their bodies, and build the foundation of healthy self-esteem.

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Toddlers and Biting: Finding the Right Response • ZERO TO

Biting is a very common behavior among toddlers, which means there are a lot of concerned parents out there. You are not alone. The good news is that there is a lot that parents and caregivers can do to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate biting.

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Help Your Child Develop Self-Control • ZERO TO THREE

Self-control enables children to cooperate with others, to cope with frustration, and to resolve conflicts. Learn how you can help your infant and child begin to develop this skill that is necessary for success in school and healthy social development.

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Developing Self-Confidence From 12–24 Months • ZERO TO THREE

Developing Self-Confidence From 12–24 Months. Learn about the many ways you can help your toddler learn to feel good about who she is, and to believe in herself and her abilities. Most toddlers want to do things “All by myself!”. They are eager explorers and have many skills–walking, talking, figuring out how things work–that allow

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Children with Shy or Slow to Warm Up

Avoid labels. Telling someone who is slow to warm up to “try not to be so shy” is like saying, “Try not to be yourself.”. Look for opportunities to build your child’s self-confidence and ability to assert himself. Notice your child’s interests, successes, skills, and milestones.

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Learning Through Play: Birth to 12 Months • ZERO TO THREE

Babies learn largely through their senses: Their eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouth are their tools. As babies grow, they learn to use their bodies to make discoveries. They begin to reach and grasp (watch out for long hair), which allow them to explore toys in new ways. At around 9 months, babies are getting better at understanding cause and

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Tips on Helping Your Child Build Relationships • ZERO TO THREE

Forming positive, healthy relationships depends on the ability to show feelings appropriately and to recognize the feelings of others. Teach children acceptable ways to vent anger, like drawing an angry picture, running in the yard, or tossing a pillow on the floor.

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Developing Thinking Skills From 24-36 Months • ZERO TO THREE

Build your child’s logical thinking skills. As children get closer to age 3, they begin to understand how things are logically connected; for example, that you need to eat in order to grow. They use their increasing language skills to ask questions about …

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Helping Young Children With Sharing • ZERO TO THREE

Imagine the scene: a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old happen upon a pile of toy trains. The younger child picks up two of the trains. Instead of picking up any of the remaining trains, the older child reaches over to grab the trains the younger child is holding.

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I'm Scared: Responding to Your Toddlers' Fears

Let him sleep with a night light or leave the hallway light on with his bedroom door open. Using a dimmer may also help. Let your child decide when he’s ready to darken his bedroom. If he normally sleeps in his own room and wakes up in the middle of the night, resist the temptation to bring him into your room.

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Developing Thinking Skills from 12-24 Months • ZERO TO THREE

Offer your toddler lots of tools for experimenting–toys and objects he can shake, bang, open and close, or take apart in some way to see how they work. Explore with water while taking a bath; fill and dump sand, toys, blocks. Take walks and look for new objects to explore—pine cones, acorns, rocks, and leaves.

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Helping Young Children Channel Their Aggression • ZERO TO

If you are coping with a violent partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3244 (TTY) for support, shelter, or services, or visit Stop Family Violence for more information on getting the support and help you need. Avoid spanking.

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Supporting Your Child While a Parent Is

Contact your installation Family Center or Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 for support and referral. Tweet number 794580732698038273 on Twitter. ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit whose mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families.

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Tips on Temperament • ZERO TO THREE

Print. Generally, there are five characteristics that describe an individual’s temperament: Emotional intensity. Activity level. Frustration tolerance. Reaction to new people. Reaction to change. Temperament is not something your child chooses, nor is it something that you created. A child’s temperament shapes the way he experiences the world.

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How to Prevent SIDS and Encourage Safe Sleep • ZERO TO THREE

Avoid warm rooms. Keep your baby’s bedroom at a temperature that is comfortable for an adult in a short-sleeved shirt. Keep a nonsmoking environment. Research finds that exposure to secondhand smoke doubles a baby’s risk of SIDS. Clear the crib. Toys and loose bedding may inhibit the …

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Becoming a Dad: Advice for Expectant Fathers • ZERO TO THREE

Try a class for expectant parents. Classes will help you prep for parenting (diaper changing, feeding, keeping baby healthy and safe), as well as cover strategies for how to co-parent with Mom. Support healthy habits. Your encouragement helps mom eat the right foods and avoid smoking and drinking during pregnancy.

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Crying It Out • ZERO TO THREE

For babies, crying is a normal response to settling down at bedtime. There are many ways to help babies learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep.

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Toddlers and Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It and How

Toddlers are realizing that they are separate individuals from their parents and caregivers. This means that they are driven to assert themselves, to communicate their likes and dislikes, and to act independently (as much as they can!). Toddlers are also developing the language skills that help them express their ideas, wants, and needs.

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24–36 Months: Social-Emotional Development

24–36 Months: Social-Emotional Development. As two-year-olds, children really begin to play interactively with their peers. Loving relationships give young children a sense of comfort, safety, confidence, and encouragement. They teach toddlers how to form friendships, communicate emotions, and to deal with challenges.

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Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Confidence • ZERO TO THREE

Feeling useful and needed makes children feel important and builds confidence. Jobs should be age-appropriate. Very young children can sort laundry with you, help feed pets, water plants, and pick up toys. Be specific about what is expected. Say, “Please put a napkin on each plate,” not “Help me set the table.”.

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Toddlers and Self-Control: A Survival Guide for Parents

5. Take your own temperature. As a parent, you have a lot of power. Your child is taking his cues from you when it comes to managing emotions. Learning to manage and make sense of your own feelings—and getting help when you need it (and we all do)—is the best way to help your child develop self-control.

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Helping Your Toddler Cope with Grief and Death • ZERO TO THREE

Here are some guidelines for talking about the loss with your toddler: Start with short, simple and truthful explanations. “Grammy got sick and had trouble breathing. The doctors tried very hard to help her, but she died.”. “When someone dies, it means they cannot talk or play anymore.

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Aggressive Behavior in Toddlers • ZERO TO THREE

The period between 18 months and 3 years is an exciting time. Toddlers are becoming aware that they are separate individuals from their parents and the other important people in their world. This means that they are eager to assert themselves, communicate their likes and dislikes, and act independently (as much as they can!).

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9–12 Months: Your Baby’s Development • ZERO TO THREE

9–12 Months: Your Baby’s Development. Babies are becoming good communicators as they get closer to turning 1 year old. This makes it a delightful time for parents. Babies can use their actions and sounds to let loved ones know what they want, like handing a book to a parent so that she’ll read it aloud.

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Developing Self-Confidence From Birth to 12 Months • ZERO

Developing Self-Confidence From Birth to 12 Months. May 19, 2016. Children need to feel safe and secure to develop self-confidence. When you comfort your baby, respond to his cries and needs, talk and play with him, he knows that he is loved and important. Learn how else you can help your baby develop self-confidence.

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Pro Tips for Managing Toddler Tantrums • ZERO TO THREE

Pro Tips for Responding to Tantrums. Practice patience. Tantrums mean that your child is overwhelmed and cannot cope. If you have a big reaction like getting angry or yelling, your child often gets even more upset. Learning to pause and calm yourself first helps you be your child’s rock. Remember that your child’s behavior is a communication.

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Behavior Wheels: Resources to Help Parents and Caregivers

Some of these behaviors include: Biting. Tantrums. Inconsolable Crying. Separation Anxiety. Social Withdrawal. This bestselling ZERO TO THREE exclusive comes in packages of 10 bilingual (English and Spanish) wheels, designed for professionals to share with parents and caregivers. Buy Now.

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Help Your Child Develop Early Math Skills • ZERO TO THREE

Math: One Part of the Whole. Math skills are just one part of a larger web of skills that children are developing in the early years—including language skills, physical skills, and social skills. Each of these skill areas is dependent on and influences the others. Trina (18 months old) was stacking blocks.

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Potty Training: Learning to the Use the Toilet • ZERO TO THREE

Most children develop control over their bowel and bladder by 18 months. This skill is necessary for children to physically be able to use the toilet. How ready a child is emotionally to begin learning to use the potty depends on the individual child. Some children are ready at 18 months, and others are ready at 3.

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What Can I Do About My Toddler's Nightmares

But don’t be worried if your two-year-old can’t verbalize or give a lot of detail about her dream—her language skills are still developing. No matter what, you can use the universal language of a hug and a kiss to make everything “all better” again. And after a nightmare, try …

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Your Child’s Sensory Threshold: Mastering the Messiness of

One part of temperament is sensory threshold. Sensory threshold describes how much sensory information a child needs before he reacts. For some children, even a little sensory info is too much. As soon as you pull on that “scratchy” sock, your child might start to cry and pull it off. Other children can manage a lot of sensory information.

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The Safe Babies Court Team™ Approach • ZERO TO THREE

Findings are the result of a 2019 survey conducted by Child Trends in partnership with ZERO TO THREE. This brief by Casey Family Programs explains how the Safe Babies Court Team™ approach improves outcomes for infants and toddlers. An interactive infographic demonstrating how the SBCT™ approach addresses safety, placements, effects of

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Coping With Loss During Pregnancy or Soon After Birth

An expectant mother may lose her baby during the pregnancy or, more rarely, the baby may die during childbirth or soon after birth. During this time, each family (and each member of the family) may experience the loss and express grief differently. While this resource is not a detailed guide to supporting families through the grieving process

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Zero To Three eLearn: ZERO TO THREE and Sesame Street in

Antonio Freitas (Moderator) Senior Content Manager Sesame Workshop. Antonio Freitas is a Senior Content Manager with the Sesame Workshop. Here, he works to build content for Sesame Street in Communities and Sesame Street for Military Families, and professionally trains caregivers and providers on ways to implement these resources in their work with children.

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What Does “School Readiness” Mean in an Infant-Family

Learn how research has shown that for the very young child, social-emotional skills—like the ability to listen, communicate, and form relationships with others—are crucial for supporting the development of academic competency.

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