During these years, your child changes from a baby into an active kid. His or her physical growth and motor development will slow, but you can expect to see some tremendous intellectual, social, and emotional changes.
If your child’s developmental journey doesn’t match the suggested milestones exactly, don’t be alarmed! Every child develops at their own pace. However, some children do experience developmental delays that should be discussed with your child’s doctor. For more information about age-specific delays, check out the CDC’s Milestones Checklists.
Allowing others to watch your child is an important decision many parents face, and that could mean in a child care center or a trusted family member or friend’s home. Families’ access to high-quality, safe, and affordable child care helps ensure children are in a safe environment that encourages their healthy growth and learning.
Ensuring Safe Caregivers
Child care centers are required to do a criminal background check on their employees. Ask child care centers in your decision making process about their background check policies.
Since the passage of Senate Bill 236 in 2017, parents and caregivers have been the ability to request a background check of the child abuse and neglect registry when employing a nanny or babysitter for their child in their home. Find instructions on how to begin the request process for a Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Check, Criminal Background Check, and checking the Sex Offender Registry.
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) is the central point of contact for the child care community, working to prevent child abuse by providing guidance and education for caregivers on appropriate expectations of children, disseminating information and resources to child care providers through Kentucky Shared Services, and advocating on behalf of children and families on a state and national level. Learn more about Face It partners, 4-C at www.4cforkids.org.
Parenting is tough, and one of the toughest jobs is teaching your child how to behave. It takes time and patience, and it helps to learn effective and healthy discipline strategies. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers 10 ways to help children learn acceptable behavior as they grow.
We’ve heard about the terrible 2’s, but what about the terrible 3’s? Label behavior, redirect creatively, set clear expectations, and be consistent. And ask for help when you need it! Find more tips.
Time-outs can help you and your child calm down. Check out the basics of how to give time-outs, and remember adults occasionally need timeouts, too.
Feeling frustrated? Calming breathing exercises can help kids and parents! Learn more from PBS Parents.
Text Message Alerts
Text “FacingIt” to 833-FaceIt1 for conversation starters, humorous parenting inspiration, fun ideas, and more from Face It to remind you that you are doing the best job you can at raising little humans!
Text “remind” to 511411 for reminders for upcoming appointments. Text4Baby helps new and expecting moms keep track of upcoming doctor’s appointments.
There are a number of free and paid apps to help parents understand and track child development, journal daily needs, and get reminders for appointments. While Face It does not endorse any particular app, here are a few popular apps:
Parent’s Guide to Child Safety from Safe Kids Worldwide is available in English and Spanish.
Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Parent Guides are available in English and Spanish.
Healthy Digital Media Use Habits for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Look for any bruising on a baby who is not yet pulling up and taking steps; bruising to the ears, neck, torso, buttocks, or genitals of any child under four years; unexplained injuries on children of any age.
Look for an increase in nightmares and/or other sleeping difficulties, withdrawn behavior, angry outbursts, anxiety, and not wanting to be alone with a particular individual(s).
Children are afraid to tell about their abuse because they feel ashamed, don’t want the abuser to hurt them, don’t want to cause stress for their caregivers, or don’t want their abuser to go to jail.