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Early Years Parenting Pointers

Our Home Visitors have created these videos to provide support to parents of young children who are seeking to improve or address challenges with their parenting skills. Parenting tips give parents guidance and promote positive childhood outcomes, healthy child development and effective parenting skills. 

How to Ween Off the Bottle

Introducing your child to a sippy cup can sound a little daunting to new parents/caregivers, but with the right approach, the transition can be made fairly easy. Learn more.



Self-Worth of Children

Parents play an important part in determining their children’s self-worth. Whether it’s through words or actions, your relationship and exchanges with them during their first years of life set the foundation of their future. Help your child become kind, confident, and secure by influencing these growing personality traits. Continue reading.



Bedtime Routines

Routines are very important to bring comfort and consistency to a child’s life. Young children gain an understanding of everyday events and procedures and learn what is expected of them when their environment is more predictable. Click here to learn more.



Parent and Children's Needs

The six areas of human needs can easily be remembered if you think of the acronym “SPICES” – this stands for Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Spiritual. Adults and children have the same six core areas of human needs, but we differ in how much we value certain needs and in the unique ways we meet our needs. For example, some people may have a high social need and want to see friends all the time, while others may have a lower social need and only see their friends occasionally, or have a smaller circle of friends. Continue reading.




Preschooler Fear and Anxiety

Developmentally, three- and four-year-olds start to think and reason in different ways. Their world is full of new experiences which can cause concern, worry and apprehension. Read some tips to help them feel safe and supported in various types of situations.




Sleep plays an important role in a child's emotional and physical development. In this video, Areeba shares age-related information and tips to help children develop sound napping routines.


Introducing Solid Foods at 6 Months

Transitioning your baby to solid food is such an exciting time but it can also be a very frustrating and stressful for parents. Sometimes, your baby refuses to eat certain foods or meals that you have worked so hard to prepare for them. Parents may worry about whether their baby is getting sufficient nutrition in order to meet all of their developmental milestones. As a parent, you always want the best for your baby. Read Rachel's tips here.


The Power of Reading Out Loud to Your Child

Integrate reading into your child's routine and reap the benefits. Read Julia's tips here.


Let's Talk Potty Training!

Teaching young children to use the toilet does not necessarily need to be hard! With a good plan and consistency, your child can get used to the potty in a matter of a few days to a few weeks. Toilet training takes time and patience, and there are many steps to consider before you begin. In no time you can say goodbye to constant diaper changing! Read Home Visitor Areeba's tips to start the process here.

Let's Talk Routine!

Routines are very important for children in order to maintain daily structure, which helps children to feel calm as they can understand what to expect from their day. Through fun and helpful routines, children are able to develop feelings of trust and security, empathy, and independence. Read Home Visitor Rachel's tips here.


Let's Talk Tantrums and "Terrible Twos"

Parenting may often bring you feelings of shame, guilt, frustration and hurt but it is important to remember that it is never too late to learn to parent and gain personal growth. Tantrums happen! If a child feels unheard or upset by something during their day and a tantrum or power struggle happens, stay calm! They can pick up on your stress, which can escalate their behavior. Home Visitor Taylor shares her insights on tantrums and "terrible twos".

Let's Talk Verbal and Physical Redirection!

Children are learning many new things every day. Whether it's taking their first steps, learning to run, saying new words, recognizing colors and letters, determining what is safe or dangerous, or how to interact with others, they have a lot to remember, and it’s hard sometimes. Here Home Visitor Taylor talks about redirection strategies to use when your child is doing something you don’t want them to. 


Let's Talk ChildProofing!

Normal physical development, curiosity, and boredom influence what a child will do. Adults must anticipate hazards instead of waiting for a child to discover them first. Alberta Health Services suggests that proper supervision, safe environments, hazard awareness, and participating in age-appropriate activities help reduce the risk of injury to children in their home or in someone else’s home. Review AHS Home Safety Checklist here. Home Visitor, Julia shares her tips and tricks on childproofing below. 

Let's Talk Self-Care!

Are you in need of some TLC? When we neglect self-care, it can affect our physical health by weakening our immune system and our mental health by triggering things like depression, and anxiety. When our mental and physical health suffer in any way, it becomes very hard for us as adults to care for our children. Home Visitor, Areeba talks about great pointers here. 



Let's Talk Curiosity!

Encourage your child’s interest and inquisitiveness by introducing new experiences that help them learn how the world works, how to move their bodies and how to problem-solve. Home Visitor, Taylor shares her expertise on the best ways to pique curiosity in young children.

Let's Talk Praising!

Acknowledgement, recognition and approval is an incredibly powerful reward that children can get from their parents. It makes children feel good about themselves, want to be more agreeable and develop a positive sense of self-worth. Home visitor, Julia shares her insights on the two types of praise to help develop your child's self-worth. Learn more. 


Let's Talk Picky Eaters!

Are you struggling with a picky eater?! Home Visitor, Areeba shares her tips that could help. Learn more.

Let's Talk Promoting Communication!

Children are born ready and eager to verbally connect but need your help. Home Visitor, Taylor shares all her tips and tricks on how to promote communication with your young ones here.

Let's Talk Tummy Time!

Play builds healthy bodies and healthy minds for babies and children. Home Visitor Julia shares how babies play by using their senses to interact with you and by moving their bodies. Learn more. 

Let's Talk Teething!

Is your teething baby having a hard time falling asleep at night? Below, Home Visitor Areeba shares her tips on how to help soothe sore gums.