At Arm’s Reach

Baby Toddler Playtime

Encourage your child to move and stretch. Put them on their tummy on a blanket on the floor and place a soft, safe object in front of them saying, —“Here’s your soft bear!” Put it down just out of their reach. Talk about their efforts: —“You’re working so hard to reach your toy!”

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Your child is more likely to keep trying when focused on a clear goal they care about. By encouraging them to try, even when things are hard, you’re preparing them to take on challenges in life.

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