Tips for Families

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Fun in the Kitchen

Including your kids in the kitchen to cook easy, simple and nutritious meals helps increase their vocabulary, teaches them how to count and demonstrates science!

Click the image below to download your own First 5 Cookbook.

Healthy Development

  • Take time to talk about feelings with your child every day to help them understand and share their emotions.
  • Create safe indoor spaces for jumping, dancing and tumbling. Get active together!
  • Cook healthy meals with your child using the Fast, Fresh and Fun First 5 Cookbook.
  • Take your child grocery shopping and practice saying all the items on your list – it helps with memory!
  • Make time for your child to have social interaction with other kids.
  • Explain the importance of each activity. For example, when brushing teeth tell them why doing so is good for them.
  • Download the ASQ-3/ASQ: SE activity sheet for other ideas.

Quality Care & Education

  • Before choosing a child care provider, make an appointment to visit and determine which is the right one for you.
  • Look for star ratings.
  • Pay attention to the interactions between teacher/provider and your child.
  • Ask around for advice from people you trust; friends, family, coworkers.
  • Be involved in school/child care activities.
  • Observe a classroom/program before enrolling.
  • Be aware of your child’s attitude after school or child care and ask them if they like it.

Family Interaction

  • Setting limits is teaching not punishment. Be patient, calm and most of all loving.
  • Get chatty! Engage in conversation with your child.
  • Offer your child choices. “Do you want to wear the blue shirt or green shirt?”
  • Attend parent child interaction classes to show them it’s okay to learn and play with others.
  • Make time for activities and develop a routine. It can be during bath time, before bed or in the morning before starting the day.
  • Incorporate signing, talking and reading in everything that you do.
  • Ask your child to explain things, listen and repeat it back to them. That will let them know what they say is valuable.

Give them lots of hugs and kisses!

Balancing work and family

Balancing work and family is not always easy. Whether it’s attending your child’s school activity or having a space to breastfeed, workplace flexibility makes a big difference.

In California, there are six laws that every working parent should know.

Sick Leave Use for Family Care
Employees who earn paid sick leave can use half of the sick leave earned each year to care for sick family members.

Family-School Partnership Act
Parents who work for an employer with 25 or more employees or more at the same location can take unpaid time off work to attend a child’s school activities (40 hours each year, but no more than 8 hours a month).

Lactation Accommodation Laws
California law requires employers to give mothers adequate break time and a private sanitary place (other than a bathroom stall) to express breast milk.

Pregnancy Disability Leave
Women who work for an employer with 5 or more employees are entitled to up to 4 months of Pregnancy Disability Leave.

California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
Workers may take up to 12 weeks of leave to bond with a newborn baby, newly adopted or foster child within the first 12 months of the child’s arrival in the home.

Paid Family Leave Act
Workers who pay into the State Disability Insurance can get up to six weeks of partial pay a year while taking time off from work to care for a new child or a sick family member.

Share these laws with your employer and discuss which one could help you.

Do you work at a Child-Friendly Business in Fresno County?

Since 2006, the annual Child-Friendly Business Awards have recognized businesses that support parent employees to balance the demands of work and being a parent.

2017 Award Winners

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