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Play is not just for kids... It helps stimulate brains and bodies of all ages.
Play With Children
HAVE FUN
Play With Children
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Play With Your Child
  • Go outside and look for bugs
  • Use sidewalk chalk to draw a picture or play hopscotch
  • Meet friends at the park
  • Find a cardboard box to play in. Be amazed by your child’s imagination
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Self Care
Make Health and Wellbeing a Priority
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Prioritize Your Health and Wellbeing
  • Enough sleep means happier days for you and your child
  • Take your child to the grocery store and choose a new fruit or vegetable to try
  • Teach your child the words for their feelings (sad, happy, mad)
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Value the Time You Spend With Children
IT'S PRICELESS
Value the Time You Spend With Children
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Value the Time You Spend With Your Child
  • Talk, sing, read and play with children
  • Find healthy ways to relax together
  • Show children you care by giving hugs, playing on the floor together, saying “I LOVE YOU”
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BALANCE
Provide Love and Limits
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Provide Love and Limits
  • Provide routines for children, but leave room for the unexpected
  • Let children try something new
  • What you can expect of children will change as they grow and learn
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You are What Makes a Difference in a Child’s Life
SPARK JOY
You are What Makes a Difference in a Child’s Life
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Give your child time and attention. It is what they need and want
  •  Put away all electronic gadgets for a day and see what happens…
  • Make a fort under the table and read a book
  • Ask children to help you make a snack; sit and eat it together
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Make Time for Family
Make Time for Family Traditions
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Make Time for Family Traditions
  • Provide routines for your child, but leave room for the unexpected
  • Let your child try something new
  • What you can expect of your child will change as they grow and learn
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Support Children As They Learn and Grow
ENJOY THE PROCESS
Support Children As They Learn and Grow
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Support Your Child As They Learn and Grow
  • Play on the floor with your baby and be active with older children
  • When children need you respond quickly and sensitively
  • Expose children to new experiences
  • Read, talk and listen
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TRUST YOURSELF
Have Confidence In Your Parenting and Take Care of Yourself
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Have Confidence In Your Parenting and Take Care of Yourself
  • Seek information from people and sources you respect,
    and then trust your judgement
  • Go for a walk with a friend or your partner
  • Forget perfection – aim for your best
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EVERYTHING COUNTS
Build Strong Family Relationships Everyday
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Build Strong Family Relationships Everyday
  • Make memories by eating and talking together
  • Look at photos together and tell your child a story about when they were little
  • Think about an activity that was special to you as a child and repeat it with your family… or start a new tradition!
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Parenting is a Big Job - Ask For Help
IT'S OKAY
Parenting is a Big Job - Ask For Help
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Parenting is a Big Job - Ask For Help
  • Trade an afternoon of childcare with a trusted friend or neighbour
  • There is a network of people and resources ready to help 
  • Contact FCWN Navigator at 403-995-2706 or Fcwn.coordinator@ahs.ca  
  • Share a smile and a kind word when you see a parent out with their child
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