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The Destroyer: 8 Ways to Help Kids Express Big Feelings in a Better Way

The Destroyer: 8 Ways to Help Kids Express Big Feelings in a Better Way

Chucking books, ripping up artwork, generally destroying stuff: Have a little destructosaur? Here's how to understand this common behavior—and help him move through it.

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Want to Light Up Your Baby's Brain? Talk, Coo, and Smile, Too.

Want to Light Up Your Baby's Brain? Talk, Coo, and Smile, Too.

Stimulate your baby's brain by asking questions and making faces. It's never too early to interact.

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Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Kids Love Games that Go Bang-Bang?

Pretend Gun Play: Why Do Some Kids Love Games that Go Bang-Bang?

Fascination with weapon play is normal for many children (boys especially), but it can also be really distressing for parents: Here's how to nurture the positive side of his good guy, bad guy world.

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Let Her Play! Pretending Today Helps Kids Build Skills For Tomorrow

Let Her Play! Pretending Today Helps Kids Build Skills For Tomorrow

Dramatic play is a powerful way for young children to develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively.

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"I ONLY Want Mama!" The Straight Scoop on Parental Preference

"I ONLY Want Mama!" The Straight Scoop on Parental Preference

It's normal and it's nothing personal! Here's what's behind the whole parental preference phase—and 6 ways to handle it with grace.

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No One Is the Same. (Hooray!) How to Talk with Kids About Differences

No One Is the Same. (Hooray!) How to Talk with Kids About Differences

Children notice everything, and often questions follow. Learn positive ways to talk about how we're all different.

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Babble With Your Baby! Those Adorable Coos Are the Start of Language

Babble With Your Baby! Those Adorable Coos Are the Start of Language

Babble with your baby now to keep her excited about talking in the months ahead.

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There She Goes Again! Tips for Keeping Your Little Runner Close

There She Goes Again! Tips for Keeping Your Little Runner Close

Got a kid who loves to bolt? We've got 4 common reasons why kids run—and positive parenting solutions that really get at the heart of the matter.

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Raise Kind-Hearted Kids: 5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy

Raise Kind-Hearted Kids: 5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy

Can you really teach empathy to young children? Award-winning pre-K educator Sue Davies says the answer is a resounding YES!

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5 Hands-On Ways to Learn With Your 5-Year-Old

5 Hands-On Ways to Learn With Your 5-Year-Old

Skip the flashcards: In her kindergarten classroom, award-winning teacher Kim Bouchie knows how to put the fun in learning for 5-year-olds. "Everything is hands-on," she says.

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Kindergarten, Here We Come! What Kids Need to Be Ready

Kindergarten, Here We Come! What Kids Need to Be Ready

The first day of kindergarten is a huge milestone in a child’s education. Here's how to get them (and you) ready—socially, emotionally, and academically.

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4 Wet-and-Messy Activities That Build Your Baby's Brain

4 Wet-and-Messy Activities That Build Your Baby's Brain

Did you know that babies learn about their world through their senses? These hands-on activities build neural connections (and they're just plain fun, too).

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Superstar Storytime: 7 Ways to Read Books to Your Kid Like a Pro

Superstar Storytime: 7 Ways to Read Books to Your Kid Like a Pro

Funny voices, props, and big questions: Make every page an adventure with these 7 great ideas from KinderCare Education teacher (and story time expert) Ari Dacquel.

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You Got This! Advice for New Parents From a Veteran Infant Teacher

You Got This! Advice for New Parents From a Veteran Infant Teacher

Janet Simons has been teaching babies for 25 years. What has this award-winning educator learned from babies? A lot. Rule No. 1? Don't sweat the small stuff.

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7 Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

7 Lessons from a Potty-Training Legend

Real-world potty training strategies from a woman who really knows. Hattie Mae Covington has taught 2-year-olds for 39 years—she's taught more tots to use the potty than all of us put together.

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"Caaaaarrrry Me, Mama!" Should you?

"Caaaaarrrry Me, Mama!" Should you?

Groceries in one arm, baby in the other...and still your toddler wants to be carried! 6 ways you can honor her desire to be in your arms when you just can't pick her up.

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Dr. Yalow on Bridging the "Word Gap" in the Classroom and at Home

Dr. Yalow on Bridging the "Word Gap" in the Classroom and at Home

In the U.S., children in professional homes hear over three times as many words as children from lower income families. That "word gap" can impact learning. Here's how we can bridge the gap.

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