Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Resources: Family Tools

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Family Tool Teaching Your Child To: Identify and Express Emotions
(4 pages)

Family Tool Teaching Your Child To: Cooperate with Requests
(4 pages)

Family Tool Make the Most of Playtime
(6 pages)

Family Tool Responding to Your Child's Bite
(4 pages)

Family Tool Teaching Your Child About Feelings
(5 pages)

Family Tool Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age 2
(5 pages)

Family Tool Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines
(5 pages)


0-3Tips on Nurturing your Child’s Social Emotional Development

What is social emotional development and how can you support it? This five-page resource provides the definition of social emotional development and describes how relationships and responsive care support it. It also offers concrete tips on how to promote children’s healthy social emotional development from birth to three.

0-3Supporting Your Child’s Relationship Building Skills

What are relationship building skills and how can you support your child in using them? This three -page resource describes the process of supporting your child’s relationship building skills, offers examples of relationship building experiences, and provides some concrete ideas for how to encourage relationship building skills and infants and toddlers.

0-3Supporting Your Child’s Confidence

How can you support your child’s self confidence? This three-page resource provides the definition of self confidence, describes its importance for children, and explains how self confidence develops in children ages birth to three. Concrete suggestions are included for ways you can nurture you child’s self confidence through everyday interactions together.

0-3Supporting Your Child’s Communication Skills

How do infants and toddlers let you know what’s on their mind? This three-page handout describes how and why infants and toddlers communicate. Examples of how toddlers communicate in the first three years of life are provided as well as tips for supporting the development of communication skills of your baby or toddler.

0-3Supporting Your Child’s Persistence

Why is it important to help your child “stick-to-it” and persist in the face of challenges? This two page handout offers a definition of persistence and describes its importance in a child’s development. It also provides examples of how persistence develops in the first three years of life and offers ideas for nurturing your child’s persistence.

0-3Love, Learning, and Routines

How do routines support your child’s development? This two page resource provides information about the role of routines in the lives of infants and toddlers. It also explores the role of routines in guiding positive behavior, reducing power struggles, supporting infants and toddlers’ social skills, and helping children cope with transitions.

0-3Tips on Temperament

Understanding your child’s temperament helps you be a better parent. This two-page resource explains the concept of temperament and includes a description of the five characteristics of an individual’s temperament.

0-3Teaching your Child Discipline and Self Control

How does your toddler develop self control? This two-page handout describes the concept of self control, provides examples of it at various stages in the first three years and offers suggestions for how to promote your child’s self control at various developmental stages.

0-3Tips on Getting Baby to Sleep

How can you help your child get to sleep? This two-page tip sheet provides helpful hints for getting your baby to sleep.

0-3Helping Young Children Channel their Aggressive Tendencies

What are aggressive impulses in infants and toddlers? How do you help your child channel his “aggression?” This three-page resource describes aggression related to infant and toddler development and offers suggestions for managing it in very young children.

0-3Toddlers and Challenging Behavior: Why They Do It & How to Respond

Have you ever wondered why your toddler says “no” when she means “yes” or seemingly has a melt down for no reason? Are you unsure how to respond to your toddlers strong feelings? This three-page handout provides insights into why your toddler behaves the way she does and offers strategies to help you help your toddler learn to express her feelings in more acceptable ways.

0-3Supporting Your Child’s Cooperation

How do infants and toddlers cooperate? This two-page handout describes how children’s ability to cooperate grows over the first three years of life. It also offers strategies to help you help your child develop his cooperation skills.


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