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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.

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Sibling Rivalries 

Siblings play a very powerful role in our lives. Starting as young children, brothers and sisters shape the way we feel about ourselves, our families and society. But let’s face it, siblings don’t always get along. There’re some things parents can do to help keep the peace at home.

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Did you know that some child care professionals earn less than a fast food server? But a child’s care and education are not drive-through services. Let’s work together to explore ways to raise the salaries of child care professionals in Maryland without raising child care costs or blocking access for working families.

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It starts with proud parents Tweeting pictures from the delivery room to a seemingly endless supply of smart phone apps that claim to be educational. In the first few years of life, children are around computer screens all the time. It’s hard for parents to know how much exposure, if any, is okay for developing brains. Listen now for some tips that will help. 

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Why wait until school? STEM is all around us! Developing STEM skills-- science, technology, engineering and math-- help children do well in all areas of study. Especially when we start early. Teaching STEM skills can be easy, fun and inexpensive.

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If left untreated, a mental health problem can delay a child’s normal development and lead to more severe problems later on. It’s good to know there are others that parents can turn to and trust. Maryland Family Network mental health specialists, work directly with child care providers, children and parents, to identify and solve problems.  Together you can decide if it’s just growing pains or something more.

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Being a grandparent – like being a parent – isn't easy, especially in this digital age where things change so quickly. This week we present 10 tips on how to be a successful grandparent.

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“The building blocks of our children’s success” is often used to refer to the latest trends for children. But it turns out that one of the most significant building blocks a child encounters is exactly that—blocks.

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The First Five Years: Choosing Child Care

Mar 20, 2014
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Choosing child care is stressful for any parent. For parents who have children with special needs, the anxieties can be compounded. LOCATE: Child Care, a program of Maryland Family Network, is designed to help all parents in Maryland find child care.

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The First Five Years: Read Aloud

Mar 13, 2014
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If you haven't read to your child in a while--or ever, now is a great time to start. March is 'Read Aloud' month, and Maryland Family Network has compiled a helpful list of reading tips for parents. 

Maryland Family Network has more resources on this topic. You can learn more here

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January 8, 2014

Children learn through experience – both success and failure.  So, children learn from their victories, and also through scraped knees, and collapsed castles.  When children learn from these incidents, we call them “successful failures.”

To learn more, visit Maryland Family 

Additional Resources: 

Madeline Levine: Parenting for Authentic Success (KQED)