Parenting as Children Grow

Learning to support your child’s growth at every age and stage.

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Being a great parent doesn’t come naturally. The truth is that every family learns as they go. Gaining knowledge of parenting and child development can help you set realistic expectations, encourage positive behaviors and feel prepared for new challenges as children grow.

Parenting as Children Grow can look like…

Chart showing reward for good behavior

Trying different strategies for managing behavior

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Looking for parenting information, tools and ideas

Young woman in three stages of growing up: young child, child, and teenager

Knowing how to nurture kids as they grow

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Ask Yourself…

There are no right answers. Thinking about these questions can help you understand your family’s strengths.

Do you feel like you know what to expect as your child grows? Flip to Learn More
Being able to recognize developmental milestones (the way children play, think, learn, speak, act and move at certain ages) can be useful for you and your child. As your child’s first and most important teacher, you want to know what to watch for so you can support their learning. Plus, having realistic expectations based on your child’s age will help you avoid frustrations and enjoy your time together more. Back to Question
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Expecting yourself never to make mistakes is unrealistic. Luckily, kids don’t need perfect parents. Acknowledging the missteps you’ve made—by taking responsibility for your actions and by making a plan to make things better—can actually build your confidence. Even better, you show your kids how to admit to mistakes, recover from them and treat others with honesty and kindness. Back to Question
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When something has worked in the past, we tend to stick with it. That can leave parents struggling when children or challenges change. Filling your family toolbox with a wide variety of parenting strategies and resources can help. Parent education classes and groups are a great way to learn tried-and-true approaches from people who work with parents and kids every day. Ask if a parent education class is “evidence-based” or “evidence-informed”—these descriptions mean a class has had proven results for parents. Back to Question
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Now that you understand the Five Strengths and why they are important for all families, you may want to explore more about how you can recognize and build them for your own family. Explore the ideas and exercises below, or go to the Next Steps page to find resources that can help guide you as you explore what to look for, where to learn more and what you can do to build each of the Five Strengths.