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  • 3-year-old girl wears an expression of tearful sadness on her face. Tantrums are normal part of the toddler phase and must be managed properly in order to develop emotional regulation in your child.

    Managing Tantrums in Your 3-Year-Old

    Being a toddler isn't easy! They're learning to navigate a big world with growing independence and feelings of frustration and disappointment are bound to come up. Often, these big feelings can be too much for them to process and tantrums can occur. But don't worry! At this age, these occasional outbursts are normal. Learning how to properly manage tantrums can make all the difference in this being just a "phase" instead of something they fall back on everytime they don't get their way. Educate yourself on why they happen, have a plan, stay consistent, and in no time your child's blow ups will be a thing of the past.

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  • Wooden blocks lay scattered at a child's feet. Stacking blocks is a simple activity that encourages problem solving skills in young children.

    6 Simple Games That Encourage Problem Solving Skills

    From being able to accomplish goals to overcoming frustrating social interactions, problem solving skills are essential to move through the ups and downs of life. As with most things, consistent and regular practice is necessary to strengthen these skills so that they can be utilized with ease when the situation calls for it. At 3 years of age, children learn a lot from play. When it comes to problem solving, they practice patience, thinking outside the box, and trial and error.

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  • A pair of 3-year-old boys take turns playing with Storypod's Sugar Monster Craftie. Being able to manipulate items in one's hands is an important motor skill that children are still strengthening at this age.

    What Can I Do to Strengthen Motor Skills in My 3-Year-Old?

    Motor skills refer to your child's ability to move and use their bodies to participate in everyday activities. It includes everything from walking to using their hands to hold a crayon and draw. Motor skills are essential for a child’s growth and development, as they enable them to interact with their environment and take care of themselves. These skills grow gradually over time, but there are ways you can help strengthen, practice, and reinforce your 3-year-old’s progressing motor development.

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  • Grandmother and 3-year-old grandson stand together at the sink washing up. 3-year-old are eager to be helpers and giving them chores to do will help them feel a sense of independence and accomplishment.

    7 Simple Chores Your Little "Helper" Will Love Doing

    At three years old, children are beginning to develop their independence and sense of responsibility. Giving them age-appropriate chores can help foster these qualities, while also teaching them valuable life skills. Your toddler will beam with pride as they accomplish important tasks that contribute to their household. They'll also understand that a household and family function when everyone helps.

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  • 3-year-old boy laughs with glee as he plays with the water coming out of a garden hose. Letting your child take risks is one factor of raising independent children.

    5 Tips for Fostering Independence in Your Toddler

    Toddlers are at a stage in their development where they are eager to explore and learn about the world around them. As parents or caregivers, it is important to foster their independence so that they can develop important life skills and become more self-sufficient.

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  • Little boy lies on the floor with a red, paper heart in his hands. Teaching your child to perform simple acts of kindness is a great way to show love in February.

    6 Simple Acts of Kindness Your Toddler Can Do to Show Love

    Performing acts of kindness with your young child will be a meaningful way to teach them real lessons about love, kindness, and compassion. There's no need to do grand, over-the-top displays to make a big impact, however. A few simple acts that your toddler can participate in will be enough to lay down the foundation of thoughtfulness that will last a lifetime.

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  • 3 year old boy in yellow hat holds up 3 fingers in front of his birthday cake. There are many milestones to look forward to in your child's 3rd year.

    Hello 3! Welcome to the Magic Years

    Welcome to the magic years! Between the ages of 3 and 4, your child will be consumed by their vivid imaginations and sense of discovery. You’ll enjoy watching your child bloom into a more independent individual while they become more socially aware and empathetic.  3-year-olds are at a stage of development where they are becoming more self-sufficient and developing their language and cognitive skills. It’s an exciting time and parents have much to look forward to in the coming year!

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  • Toddler girl sits on mother's lap, reading, while mother holds book and Storypod's Craftie Fox

    Why is Rhyming Such an Important Early Literacy Skill?

    Children love to rhyme. From catchy tunes to silly poems, the rhythm and sing-songy tones that naturally come out when rhyming are fun and do wonders for engaging their little minds. But did you know that rhyming is also an important part of learning how to read?

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  • Happy little girl chases bubble outside

    Why Showing Gratitude at Home is Important for Raising Happy Children

    Science has shown that consistent practices in gratitude can reduce stress and increase overall happiness. Because children are so apt to imitate their parents, showing gratitude at home will instill habits in your kids that will affect their happiness throughout their lifetime. How does this simple habit make such an impact? Read on to find out!

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  • Toddler peacefully plays with toy  car independently

    Independent Play: What are Reasonable Expectations for Toddlers?

    From bathing to entertaining, toddlers require enormous amounts of attention. Invested parents understand that this is a critical time for their child and will do their best to engage with their children in meaningful activities. Moreover, there’s an enormous pressure for parents to shower their children with attention as to develop their self esteem. Although this is all good and well, learning to play independently is an important skill for their development and should be incorporated daily.

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  • Mother and child cuddle in bed while reading "The Adventures of Craftie Fox" with a Storypod nearby.

    Why Does My Child Like Reading the Same Books Over and Over?

    As adults, we crave variety. Anything that breaks up the monotony of life is a welcomed thing. So it may be a bit perplexing when your child asks to read the same book night after night or listens to the same songs on repeat. You may wonder if it gets boring or even if your child is getting enough exposure to new learning experiences.

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  • Toddler enjoying a read-along audiobook with her Storypod

    Creating a Positive Learning Environment at Home

    Your home is your child’s first classroom and you are their first teacher. The environment that you provide will determine how ready they will be to receive learning and expectations once they start school. It will also provide the foundation to how they approach life. Will they be organized? Will they be problem solvers? Will they be curious and well rounded? Studies show that these traits are heavily influenced by a child’s environment. Fortunately,  creating a positive learning environment in which your child will thrive is simple with a few intentional practices at home.

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