The First Five Years

Chaos Theory

Nov 25, 2015

Chaotic homes can negatively affect children’s academic achievement, attention spans, and be an indicator for social and behavioral problems.


Nov 21, 2015

Thanksgiving is nearly here. We are thankful for all that has been accomplished on behalf very young children and their families. As well as all that is to come. What are you thankful for?

Sleep Well!

Nov 11, 2015

Keeping regular sleep patterns are important for a young child's development. Listen for some findings from SLEEP 2015, an annual gathering of Professional Sleep Societies.

It's a's a's Resilient Parent! This superhero may not fly or leap tall buildings, but she can save your child's future. What's her true identity? It's you!

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Dude! You've changed.

This is an all too familiar sentiment that many new dads hear from their friends. Well, new research shows that dads do change. And for the better.

The cost of child care in America has been on the rise since 2010. In Maryland, child care is almost always the second or third largest household expense for families. It's an investment worth the money.

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Twenty million American's live in deep poverty. For a single parent raising one child, that translates to a gross family income of less than $7,600 dollars a year. That's pretty deep.

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Sharing is hard. Look at the difficulty some adults us have relinquishing the TV remote!  And we're often pained to lend a friend a favorite book or let our partner use our car. So it's no wonder that sharing doesn't come easily to children.

  A childs temperament describes how she approaches and reacts to the world. It’s her personal "style." Understanding your child's temperament can make you a better parent.

Adults can be quick to judge people.  We form our opinions based on not only what people say, but also how they say it.  Now researchers at the University of Toronto suggest that very young children make similar snap judgments about people based on tone of voice alone.

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