The First Five Years

Wednesdays at 4:32 pm
Hosted by: Linnea Anderson

"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.

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The First Five Years
4:44 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

The First Five Years: Time for a big kid bed!

Congratulations! You child is ready to graduate to a "big kid" bed. But are you ready? Listen for information that will help the transition to toddler bed go smoothly.


The First Five Years
5:06 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

The First Five Years: Early Head Start

Robin Parker is single mom living in Anne Arundel County. When her children were one- and two-years-old she found herself in a difficult spot.  Affordable safe quality child care was out of reach for the struggling family.


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The First Five Years
9:37 am
Thu February 5, 2015

The First Five Years: Self-Control Takes Patience and Practice

  Self-control can be hard.  New ways of dieting, exercising and saving money are seem to always be in the news. But a recent study demonstrates that adults who learn self-control as very young children grow up healthier and with few financial problems.


The First Five Years
3:38 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The First Five Years: Napping Babies are Learning Babies

  Babies love to nap and they love to learn. All that sleep just might be making them better learners. Listen now and find out why.


The First Five Years
5:41 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Double the Love

  Having twins (or more) can be double the fun.  From time to time it can also be doubly overwhelming. Fortunately help is out there from experts and other parents of multiples.  Listen now to learn more.


The First Five Years
2:40 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The First Five Years: Say cheese!

Whether it’s baby’s first tooth or an older child with all 32, there’s nothing like a little one’s healthy smile. Protecting that grin starts early. Find out when to start and how to make the first dentist visit go well.


The First Five Years
3:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The First Five Years: A Language Rich Early Childhood

  A language rich environment gives children the foundation to arrive at school ready to learn. But parents aren’t the only ones who can have a major impact on school readiness.


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The First Five Years
5:07 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The First Five Years: Childhood Obesity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost one-third of American young children are overweight.  In fact, one in five between the ages of two and five are already overweight or obese.  What can parents do to reverse this trend?


The First Five Years
12:04 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

The First Five Years: The Santa Clause

To Santa or not to Santa?  Some parents struggle with whether to make Santa Claus a part of their holiday tradition.  Is it lying to the child?


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The First Five Years
2:26 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The First Five Years: Little sibling. Big changes

When you’re a toddler the world revolves around you. The arrival of a new little brother or sister is exciting for grown-ups.  But for the first born it can be stressful and scary.


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