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3 Simple Ways for Busy Parents to Make Books Part of Everyday Life

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Why is reading to your child so important?

– Stories engage a child’s imagination and expose them to words and ideas.

– What they learn about people, places, and things can be important building blocks to school readiness and later life success.

– For both parents and children, times together with books form fond and lasting memories

It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! But in a fast-paced world where parents and caregivers are juggling so many responsibilities, you may feel that you don’t have the time and energy to read […]

10 reasons it’s important to talk with your child from the very beginning!

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* a post 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 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?

The 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, you know what we’re talking about […]

How Reading and Discussing Stories Can Help Your Child Process Uncomfortable Emotions

This post brought to you by The Palmetto Basics. 

Reading and discussing stories builds healthy brains in all sorts of ways. It exposes children to words, characters, experiences, places and ideas. It inspires creativity and imagination. Stories help with memory and important pre-reading skills.

But stories are also a great tool for connecting to your child’s “inner world” in a way that regular conversation doesn’t always touch.

We all struggle with how to handle uncomfortable emotions like anger, fear, nervousness, sadness, and grief. Learning how to acknowledge uncomfortable feelings is a crucial part […]

One thing is certain during this uncertain time: your child’s brain & body are still developing. Here’s how The Basics can help!

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These are challenging, unprecedented days. And when parenting young children is part of the mix, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to “check out,” to say to yourself, “I’ll be more intentional about things once life becomes normal again.” We get it. 

But here’s the thing about young children: their brains are still developing rapidly, even though the rest of life feels like it’s on pause. In fact, 80% of a child’s brain growth happens in the first three years of life! Parents and caregivers, it’s […]

10 Simple Ways to Get Creative & Have FUN with Read-aloud Time!

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* a post from The Palmetto Basics

Making read-aloud time part of your everyday routine—before bedtime, for example—is a great way to guarantee regular reading. Routines also help young children feel safe and secure because they know what to expect. If you have a regular reading routine, keep it up!

But if you’d like to get creative and add extra fun to what you’re already doing, we have 10 simple ideas! Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, or teacher, we hope some of these tips can work for […]

Getting Back to The Basics During the Holidays

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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, powerful ways that to help all […]

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