Development

Learn about behaviors, first friends, language, manners, delays, and more with these developmental touchstones. Our month-by-month guide prepares you every step of the way.

36 Questions to Ask Toddlers to Get Them Talking

Learn about your little one and deepen your connection with fun conversations by asking these silly, insightful, and thoughtful questions.
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Stop Asking Me About My Child's Milestones, Especially Now

Every child will create their own milestone timeline. Period. Add a pandemic, and that timeline may shift more, but here’s why that’s OK according to experts.
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14 Ways to Build Your Child's Social Skills From Home

While replicating social skills learning without the help of classmates and peers may seem tricky, these easy activities focused on listening, interacting, and storytelling will keep your kids socially engaged all day long even at home.
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Parenting a Child With a Speech Delay Can Be Lonely

My 4-year-old has a speech delay and is behind the rest of his classmates. I hate to admit how difficult it's been on me. But after talking to my son's doctor, I realize there's no reason to push him to catch up.
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Meditation for Kids: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation can help kids read and respond to internal signals of stress before their developing brains and bodies give in to a full-blown tantrum. The key is intuiting what your child needs to come back into balance and giving him or her the tools to practice.
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I'm a Mom With a Ph.D. in Reading: Here's How I Get My Kids to Love Books

Getting kids to read and love reading are two different things. I spent years doing reading research while parenting three young kids, and here's what I learned about helping them love to read.
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6 Little Behavior Problems You Shouldn't Ignore

Here are six misbehaviors you may be tempted to overlook -- and how to put an end to them pronto.
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I Felt Guilty for Not Teaching My Daughter to Read Before Kindergarten, But Turns Out I Didn't Have To

I was ready to send my daughter off to kindergarten, but the fact I never taught her to read was making me feel like I failed her. It wasn't until my first parent-teacher conference that I changed my mind.