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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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