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    Your Growing Child: Birth to Three Months

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    Within the first three months, your baby will begin to smile and track people and objects with his eyes. He may also discover his own feet and hands as well as develop the ability to lift his head and turn towards sounds.

    Your Growing Child: Infants 4-7 months

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    Babies four to seven months old love to engage with the people around them and will continue to show that they are interested in you by smiling, babbling, kicking, and waving their arms.

    Your Growing Child: Infants 8-12 months

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    By twelve months old your baby is about to embark on a whole new journey: walking. Help her learn by allowing her to crawl freely and supporting her while she attempts to pull herself up.

    Your Growing Child: Toddlers 2-3 years

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    Your child has now entered into the land of “terrific twos.” The third year of development is one of high emotion as your child begins to test the limits of the world around him including, and most especially, you.

    Your Growing Child: Preschoolers 3-4 years

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    As your child grows into a preschooler her world will begin to open up. She will want to explore her surroundings and will have lots of questions to ask. She will begin to develop friendships and pay extra attention to adults and children outside of the family.

    Your Growing Child: Early School 5-6 years

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    By early-school age, children have a stronger sense of right and wrong and develop greater capacity for friendship and teamwork. They understand time and will start to actively plan ahead for activities that interest them like a play date with a favorite friend or the details of their birthday party.

    Kindergarten Readiness

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    Starting kindergarten is a big and exciting transition in a child’s life. Whether it’s your child's first experience in a school setting or if he has attended preschool, making the leap into kindergarten can be stressful for parents and kids.

    Activities to Do with Your Preschooler

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    Playing with your preschooler encourages learning, increases self-esteem, and creates stronger family bonds. Preschoolers love routine, so creating a regular playtime can help them better prepare for and engage in activities.

    ​Disciplining your toddler

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    Temper tantrums, power struggles, and impulsiveness; they don’t call it the terrible twos without cause. Toddlers lack the self-control and communication skills of older children and are growing more independent every day. Don’t despair, there are things you can do now to help ease your child through this transition and stay sane at the same time.