Articles, Guides & Video Resources

Infants and Toddlers

Importance of Gestures

Find out the 16 gestures necessary for child development by 16 months of age.

Four Stages of Early Communication

Produced by The Hanen Centre®, this guide provides parents with information regarding the beginning stages of development.

Early Language Development

Tips for Children With Words

Produced by The Hanen Centre®, these 10 simple tips illustrate how parents can effectively promote communication for children who have just begun using single words.

Tips for Choosing Toys For Toddlers

In this resource from the Zero to Three network, author Rebecca Parlakian (2018) offers “ideas for choosing toys that will grow with your child…nurturing her thinking, physical, language, and social-emotional skills.”

Play and Discipline

The Play Deficit

This article in Aeon, written by Peter Gray, explores how children are pressured by current demands and the dire need for play in their everyday lives. “You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom, and it blossoms in play.” (Gray, 2013)

The Discipline Dilemma

In this parenting resource from the Zero to Three network, author Claire Lerner (2016) explains the vitality of emotional states and how matching parental expectations to the child’s “stage of development” facilitates understanding and fosters communication.

Critical Thinking Skills

Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills

From Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child comes a phenomenal resource that defines components of executive function skills, including working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility. Parents are provided with activities for their children from infancy through adolescence, which naturally promote these innate abilities.

Sesame Street and “The Executive”

In this lively video, Cookie Monster explains how executive function skills allow him to exert self-control and regulate his impulses, which are imperative developmental milestones.

Feeding Development

Division of Responsibility in Feeding

In this brief, one-page guide designed by Ellyn Satter © 2015, parents are informed of their roles in feeding while being reminded of their children’s roles in eating. Trust is crucial in the relationship, especially stemming from early childhood, and sets the foundation for mealtime enjoyment.

Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference?

Brought to you by Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, this article provides evidence suggesting that “children who take part in family meals are less likely to be overweight…eat more healthy foods…have less delinquency…greater academic achievement…improved psychological well-being…and positive family interactions.” (Cook & Dunifon, 2012)