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Baby Sign Language

Sarah is greeted at the door of the toddlers room by her 15 month old daughter, Peyton. “I love you,” Peyton says. Sarah replies “I love you.” “Hungry,” says Peyton. “ “We will eat when we get home.” Just after finishing her Cheerios, Peyton says “more” to her mother. “You want more Cheerios, Peyton.” Peyton nods her head yes. Then… 

Why Not Why: Fostering Adult Conversations

Have you ever started a conversation with the intention of having a rational, even-tempered discussion and walked away feeling like you were engaged in a lecture? When talking to your partner, child, coworker, or friend, it is easy to fall into a conversation trap. Emotionally charged topics can set off heated debates or simple questions can escalate into arguments. How… 

Counselor’s Corner: Developing Healthy Friendships

At a young age, our kids are influenced by their peers but even before their peers have clout we set the stage for their social and emotional engagement.  I have been doing a lot of work in the field of anti-bullying, relational aggression and friendship. As a therapist, these topics are of interest to my client base and unfortunately, unhealthy… 

Is Your Childcare Quality-Rated?

Home-based childcare provider Lorna Parks uses the resources provided by the Great Start to Quality (GTSQ) rating and improvement service to make her child care facility the best that it can be. She’s just one of 5,000 childcare providers in the Metro Detroit area who utilizes the coaching sessions, group classes and materials provided through GSTQ, thanks to United Way… 

Five Things to Look for in a Quality Childcare Program

By Carissa Knoles, M.A., ECE Quality Improvement Consultant, Bib to Backpack Team at United Way for Southeastern Michigan Learning starts long before kindergarten, and quality childcare and preschool programs can help kids succeed in school, work and life. makes it easy for families to identify quality child care and preschool, helping them get the best of their child and… 

leaving kids home alone

Leaving your Kids Home Alone – Includes Michigan Law

There’s so much to consider when you are a parent. One of the big decisions you will make is when to leave your child home alone. Each child is different, and only you know when your child is capable of handling the task. Read about questions to ask yourself to determine if your child is ready to be left home alone.