EFC Parent Blog

There are many resources for finding unique holiday gifts, but I thought you might enjoy browsing through this site that features Minnesota-made items. http://www.mn2020.org/index.asp?Type=B_DIR&SEC={A9AF0B41-CB21-4B22-8771-C70D379BDF7D}Minnesota Monthly’s December issue also features Minnesota–made holiday gifts. And don’t forget to check out your local art...

There is a new resource that has been created as one of Governor Pawlenty’s early childhood initiatives. It is a website www.parentsknow.state.mn.us and has extremely helpful information about child development, health and parenting. This site is hosted by...

The New York Times recently published a series of articles on children's health. Topics range from nutrition to brain development and self-control. It is always fascinating to learn about the latest discoveries in child development, and I encourage you to check them out. There are...

Even though summer is winding down, there are plenty of community events for families coming up in and around the Twin Cities! Here are a few events that the STAR guy recommends!Sunday, September 6th - Kailia and Grace's Hope & Hearts RunSunday, Sept. 14th -...

As we all know, the internet has become the main tool that many of us use to consume information. I thought it would be interesting for parents to share internet sites or blogs related to child development or parent tips that they find useful. ...

Have you ever thought of the many wonderful things that are happening for your children during their outdoor play experiences? For a young child outdoor play may be one of the most critical periods for developmental growth in his/her day. ...

In the May newsletter I wrote an article called “Preparing Children for a Challenging World.” Among the suggestions listed to help children develop coping skills was:Teach how to tolerate discomfort. Help your child develop frustration tolerance skills and the ability to cope with...

Hello! Welcome to Especially for Children's parent blog. I am excited to have a new way to converse with parents on various child development topics, though I must admit I am still getting used to the digital age! As an introduction, I wanted to let...