2017 - Pickens County First Steps

4 Ways You Can “Do the Basics” During the Holiday Season!

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A post from The Palmetto Basics.

The holiday season can be a wonderful time for young children and for those who care for them. The festivities and traditions take on a magical quality when seen through the eyes of a child.

But as we all know, the holidays can also be a stressful and challenging time. Extra treats, later bedtimes, parties, presents, and travel can be disruptive to normal family rhythms. Many parents and caregivers also experience extra financial and family strain during this season.

With these realities in mind, how can we take the “The Basics” (5 fun, simple […]

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6 Simple Tips to Keep Young Children Safe During the Holidays

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The holiday season is here and that means lots of preparation and busyness in our homes. For families with young children, it can feel almost magical to experience holiday traditions, festivities, and decorations through the eyes of a child.

As we take part in the celebration and wonder that comes with this time of year, we need to be extra mindful of creating homes and traditions that are safe for young children.

Here are 6 simple ways to keep the little ones in your care safe during the holidays:


1. Kids eat weird things.

Whenever […]

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Why Talking, Singing, and Pointing are Superpowers + 6 Everyday Ideas

(From The Palmetto Basics)
If you’re a parent or caregiver, have you found yourself talking to your baby as you’ve changed their diaper?

Do you sometimes hear parents in the grocery story talking to their infants about what they’re buying or the things they see, even though the baby is too young to understand?

This instinct to talk, sing, and point with our babies and young children may seem silly. If you’ve been surprised to find yourself singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider while buttoning a onesie, we have good news:

Talking, singing, and pointing with your […]

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Overwhelmed as a parent of a baby or young child? You just need “The Basics.”

There’s never been a point in history where more information and resources have been available to parents. And while information can be helpful, it can also be overwhelming.

The more information we take in, the easier it becomes to lose sight of the basics. Parenting, something that humans have been doing since the beginning of time, now feels complicated and confusing.

Perhaps you worry about “spoiling” your baby.

Maybe you feel like there’s a specific way you should be diapering or feeding or scheduling.

Has it always been this complicated?


Raise your hand if you’d like […]

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The Most Important Thing Your Kindergartener Needs

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There’s no shortage of information out there on school readiness. It’s an important mission and we’ve enjoyed sharing posts and lists over the summer months to equip parents and caregivers as they prepare their rising kindergarteners for the transition of school.

But in all of the useful tips, creative ideas, and must-read books, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important thing your young child needs as they begin school:

Feeling loved and secure

It’s more important than knowing all of their letters and numbers or having strong fine motor skills […]

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How to Find a Quality Childcare Center for Your Child

Trusting your young child to another caregiver — whether at a church, local child development center, or someone’s home — is an overwhelming decision.

Because early experiences lay such a crucial foundation for a child’s life, evidence shows that finding a quality child center is a key component of school readiness. We want to help make that decision easier for you by providing you with:

An understanding of a “quality” center
A childcare checklist
The right questions to ask
A link to find local childcare centers
Ways to find affordable local childcare for low-income parent

These are 5 […]

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