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Accurate information about child development and appropriate expectations for children’s behavior at every age help parents see their children in a positive light and it promotes the child's healthy development.
ABC Cayuga surveyed local parents about the information they wanted most. The list of topics was diverse, although all the parents talked to and surveyed said what they really wanted was access to information about local services and advice from local experts and parents -- things you can't find elsewhere on the web.
With that in mind, we're striving to create resources on the topics we heard about most, that feature local experts and advice, with curated links to the best national health and educational sources. We've got several additional pieces in the works, and would love to hear from you about more. Just contact us and let us know what you'd like more information on. Below are the pieces we have so far. Feel free to let us know how they could be better and of more us to you and your family.
When we asked parents what they wanted information in the most, the most frequent answer on our ABC Cayuga survey was dealing with difficult behavior. Utilizing two local experts, we've developed a list of eight essential tips as well as additional information on hot topics such as putting your child to bed and spanking. We also have an excellent resource list that highlights local services, as well as great books and websites with more information on discipline and behavior.
One of the changes in best practices over the years has concerned breastfeeding. The parents of the generation now having kids were often taught that there was no reason to breastfeed. But it is now widely considered best if parents do breastfeed their children. However, in part because of the generational split, some new parents find breastfeeding mysterious and intimidating. Fortunately, there are many great resources to help you overcome any anxiety when it comes to feeding your child.
Knowing where a child should be in his or her development at any given time can be a huge advantage to parents. For one, it gives the parent insight into what they can expect from their children and what types of activities, books, and discipline is appropriate at any given age. Additionally, knowing the milestones can act as an early warning sign for problems with your child. If a child has failed to reach a milestone, it is helpful to check with your pediatrician to see if there is some underlying problem holding the child back. Such problems are almost always easiest to address if discovered early. See this article for more on the importance of milestones, and here's links to milestones by age: under 1; 1-2; 2-3; 3-4; 4-5.