The First Five Years

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"The First Five Years" is a weekly program presented by Maryland Family Network.  The series is focused on the extraordinary developmental period from birth to age five. "The First Five Years" highlights the challenges and opportunities related to nurturing young children and helping them build a solid foundation for success in school and in life.

“The First Five Years” is made possible with major support from the M& T Charitable Foundation. 

You can listen to an archive of past episodes of "The First Five Years" here.

Children of same-sex parents are as healthy as the children of different-sex parents. Listen now for the latest research.

Will simultaneously teaching two languages to your baby confuse him? Expert say the answer is nein, nee, niet, and no.

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The Diaper Divide

May 25, 2016

 There is a diaper divide in America. But together we can wipe out this problem. Visit www.MarylandFamilyNetwork.org for more information.

Spare the Spanking

May 18, 2016

Researchers from the Universities of Texas and Michigan, found that sparking does much more harm than good.

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Time-outs are a common discipline technique used by parents. But authors of the best-selling book, The Whole Brain Child say this method may do more harm than good.

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Tiny Teeth

May 5, 2016

Early childhood cavities are the number one chronic disease affecting young children in America. Even more common than asthma or hay fever. The Children’s Dental Health Project has ideas for how to change that.

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What's Toys Teach?

Apr 28, 2016

Just because the box says "educational" doesn't mean it's best for your baby. Listen now and learn more.

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Make Room for Men

Apr 20, 2016

Most of the early care and education field is dominated by women. We're grateful for the dedication they bring but men can also be a huge asset during the early years. 

Listen now to learn how to attract more men to this important field of work.

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