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Tips & tricks for parents to make the most out of every moment.


I seldom meet a parent who doesn’t know the early years are critical for children’s healthy development. As parents, we are our children’s first and most important teachers and influencers. Dr. Chapman and Ross Campbell, in their book, The 5 Love Languages of Children, reminds us, “Small children love to learn. They are born with an innate hunger for learning that remains strong. A careful observation of infants and toddlers reveals that most of the activity is not merely child’s play; rather, our little ones are working at learning a new skill. Once they learn to talk, their minds are filled with questions every day. Observe your child’s play, and you will see what makes them the happiest and what holds their attention the longest; you will likely find that it is an activity in which she is learning.”

How do we help cultivate optimum learning for children? Children learn best in a learning environment that supports healthy cognitive growth and allows them to follow their interests. A learning environment that is engaging and geared to items children find appealing is only part of igniting children’s interest, curiosity, and learning. It’s just as important to stand back and allow your children the freedom to explore and make their own discoveries without intervening. Becoming too involved in children’s play and overpraising isn’t what’s best for children’s development. 





We know you are exhausted. And you are just trying to get through the day. We also know if you are reading this, you are incredibly involved with your kids.

We work with so many great parents, and we know many of you are doing some super clever activities with your kids from items that you’ve pulled together

with things laying around the house. We hope you will share with us (so we can share with others) some of the great activities you’ve put together and that your kids love to do! 

Play comes naturally to most kids. Whether your kids play with toys or household items, they love to use their imagination. Sometimes as parents we have a hard time encouraging our kids to use their imagination because we are so busy with our jobs or parenting. When kids are encouraged to use their imagination, they use more vocabulary and critical thinking skills. They might vocalize their emotions and feelings towards something while they are playing. This is a huge part of their brain development they need to become successful adults. Listed below are a few ways you can encourage your kids to use their imagination and foster a love for play!

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 At Before5, we are passionate about helping you understand how your child grows and develops – especially in the first five years, which is when the really important learning happens.

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