It Takes a Village…Helping Families Grow their Support Systems

This week, we are going to put a spotlight on the value of helping families grow their social connections. Having social connections is an essential characteristic of strong families. Some families, on your caseload, might have a well-defined support network that includes family members, friends, neighbors, etc., while other families might have very limited or…

Understanding Temperament…What are the characteristics?

We all are born with a unique disposition or way of responding to other people and situations- this is our Temperament.  Research indicates that temperament appears early in life and is significantly influenced by environmental experiences even before birth. There is also a lot of research suggesting that even though each person is different, most…

Love in Many Languages…Supporting Bilingual Families

Hi (English); Hola (Spanish); Aloha (Hawaiian) Ahnyong (Korean); Bonjour (French)…Today we will discuss some advantages of children learning more than one language during early childhood, and how the Growing Great Kids curriculum can help. In November 2015 the United States Census Bureau released data tables showing that at least 350 different languages are spoken in…

Babies and Over-Stimulation: What are the Cues?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed or insecure at overcrowded, noisy places such as sports events or concerts? Sometimes these exposures make us feel so uncomfortable that we want to run away or escape. Have you ever considered that babies feel the same way when they are over-stimulated? It is not uncommon for parents to miss…