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Parenting Pointers

Parenting Pointers can help you be the best parent you can be!

Learn how to understand and talk to your baby. Find out how he develops and how to read his cues. Learn how to encourage her and help her explore. And know what to do to calm both you and your baby when you need it the most.

You can read Parenting Pointers articles on this Web site and watch short video clips online for great examples. Develop approaches to parenting your baby and toddler. Learn what’s on his mind and how to communicate with your growing child.

The Pointers

Speaking Parentese

Discover a special way to talk to a baby.


Learn why your baby copies you.

Reading Your Baby’s Cues

Find out what your baby’s signals mean and how to respond to them.

Soothing the Stress

How calming down helps both you and your baby!

Testing It Out

Babies explore the world by testing their surroundings.

Be Expressive

You are your baby’s first teacher!


Fits are a normal part of your child's emotional development.

Valuing Emotions

Recognizing emotions teaches kids how to handle feelings.

Good Communication

Babies learn to speak by listening to you.


Parenting Pointers are part of Early Learning: Focus on Birth to Five. The campaign features nine 60-second television spots available on your local PBS station. Parenting Counts also offers early learning workshops and a variety of parenting and caregiver materials available online and in print. Early Learning: Focus on Birth to Five was developed in cooperation with Talaris Research Institute, KCTS/Seattle and PBS.

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