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Fine-Motor Skills to Watch for the First Six Months

With every advancement in fine-motor skills, a child becomes increasingly independent. What fine-motor skills will your child develop in the first six months?

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The Importance of Unstructured Play
Every object is a potential play object. This includes everyday objects around the child, and not necessarily just toys.
Tips to Teach Your Child Patience, Remembering, and Problem Solving
A resilient child thrives in the classroom, tending to have fewer or milder behavioral and emotional problems, greater engagement in school, and stronger academic skills.
Parten’s 6 Stages of Play
Researcher Mildred Parten identified six stages of play that children progress through in their first 5 years of development.
Simple Ways to Promote Mindfulness and Self-Regulation in Your Child
Children can learn what’s “appropriate” from observation and discussion, but teaching them skills to navigate challenging or new situations can better prepare them to be successful in the future. Some of these skills include self-regulation and mindfulness—two skills that go hand in hand.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 7-12
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during baby’s first year.
The Importance of Serve and Return: Promoting healthy attachment with your child
Serve-and-return interactions help infants and toddlers encourage neural connections, and improve parent-child bonding. Learn more.
3 Simple Ways to Foster Persistence in Your Child
Developing perseverance early in childhood leads to later academic success. Read our 3 tips for fostering persistence.
Three Ways to Encourage Gross-Motor Development in Months 4–6
Your little one’s strength and cognitive development have made impressive gains over the first three months. Now, gross-motor milestones are getting more complex, preparing your little one for crawling and getting into a sitting position independently.
Social-Emotional Milestones to Watch For: Months 4-6
A child’s social-emotional development creates the context in which they develop and exercise all of their other abilities. Discover four critical social-emotional milestones for you to watch for during months four to six.
Children and Screen Time: Embracing technology without guilt
How much time is appropriate for your young child to spend looking at screens? Is it developmentally appropriate for your child to even be looking at screens at all? Get the latest information from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and others.
Toxic Stress and How to Avoid it
What causes toxic stress and can it be overcome? Understand the connections between a caregivers’ stress response and a child’s cognitive development.