Meaningful Interactions with Children

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has scientifically backed positive parenting tips. All of the information is separated by age, starting from infancy all the way through the teenage years. Caregivers will find developmental milestones, positive parenting tips, child safety, healthy bodies, and other essential information encouraging healthy development and positive intentional interactions with children. Some of the positive parenting tips included on the website include allowing preschool aged children to help with chores around the house, encouraging caregivers to play with their children, using clear communication, and helping children by providing them with choices. The CDC explains the importance of explaining rules to children (for example, why they need to stay out of traffic), checking playgrounds before they play on them, and always keeping a watchful eye on children.

The CDC website also offers developmental screening tools, special conditions caregivers might encounter (such as anxiety, depression, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, vision loss, and much more), child-centered statistics, research, articles, and key findings. There are free printable materials for each age group (in English and Spanish), ADHD, autism, muscular dystrophy, hearing loss, jaundice, and more. The CDC also provides helpful free videos intended to help support parents.

PBS Parents

When it comes to creating intentional time with children, PBS has a plethora of ideas and resources. Their page designed for parents has activities based on age, developmental domain, and interest. There are activities surrounding emotions, self-awareness, character, social skills, literacy, math, science, and art. PBS has also gathered COVID-19 resources for families, original podcasts, and scientific activities that can be done as a family.

PBS provides free access to their content, ensuring that quality resources are available to children. They know that to properly support children, they must also support the people surrounding each child.

Zero to Three

When it comes to intentional time with children, Zero to Three has an extensive collection of resources. Their early development and wellbeing resources address ages and stages of children, brain development, challenging behaviors, developmental screenings, early intervention, health, nutrition, infant and child mental health, sleep, temperament, trauma, stress, social, and emotional development. Their parenting resources include discipline, limit setting, fatherhood, grandparent and extended family, positive parenting approaches, preparing for parenthood, and parenting favorites.

Their articles, podcasts, videos, infographics, and resources are engaging and informative. My favorite area is the “positive parenting approaches”. As a stepparent, co-parenting two young boys, I find this section to be helpful to my approaches. The articles about parenting collaboration, finding harmony when parents disagree, and managing personal emotions have helped me immensely.