Confused by all the parenting resources? Looking for the definitive voice? Let our experts cut through the noise. Subscribe to the Bright Horizons® podcast, "Teach. Play. Love. Parenting Advice for the Early Years." Listen as parents and early childhood educators come together to cull the competing advice, separate fact from fiction, and focus on what does – and doesn’t – matter during these early years. Be more confident, have less worry…and let Bright Horizons help make parenting the joy it was meant to be.
Raising Resilient Kids: The Importance of Failure and Building a Growth Mindset
One of the key ways we can help our children grow in life is to let them fail. While it can be difficult as a parent to see your children struggle, we know we won’t always be by their side to help when things get tough. Developing a child’s resilience can help them prepare to tackle future challenges. We want them to have the confidence to handle anything life throws their way. Join Rachel and Claire as they discuss why it’s important to let your children experience failure and strategies to help them build a growth mindset that will last them for life.
Nurturing Your Child’s Love of Art & Creativity
While creative art activities may seem like something that is “just for fun,” they are actually key elements to child development. Remember to let your child take charge of the artistic process! Your job is to provide the rich environment and materials. Then allow your child to take the creative lead. In this episode, Rachel and Claire discuss the importance of art, how engaging with art helps children with school readiness, and how to set up a playful and joyful art experience for your child.
Managing Separation Anxiety in Young Children
While separation anxiety can be tough for both parents and children, it’s reassuring to know it happens because we love each other so very much. Establishing daily routines and rituals – paired with patience and grace -- will help your child trust the process. And YOU can find comfort in knowing that your child is in good hands, even on the most difficult days.
Encouraging Sharing & Taking Turns
At what age should a child understand the concept of sharing, and how do we give them tools to develop this important life skill? Join our early childhood experts Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss as they share developmentally appropriate expectations around taking turns and sharing, how to practice and model sharing with your child, and when it’s actually okay not to share.
Curiosity is an important skill that enhances cognitive and social-emotional development, gives your child confidence, and contributes to their love of learning. If your child is asking you a question, instead of answering, try responding with, "what do you think?" or "let's find out." Minimizing direction and instruction will help your child build that curious mindset. Learn from our early childhood experts, Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss, about the simple strategies to make time in your day to encourage curiosity.
Lesser-Known Child Development Milestones
Small developmental milestones, such as stranger awareness and imaginative play, give children the chance to think, process, wonder, and act on their curiosity. These minor, often overlooked, milestones can signify growth in cognitive, social, emotional,language, and motor skills. Learn from our early childhood experts, Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss, about just how important these milestones are and how they play a huge role in your child's early life.
So glad I found this podcast! ♥️
Great info, odd presentation
I really like the content and topics but it’s painful to listen to the scripted “conversation.” Listeners expect a podcast to be conversational, not read word-for-word in a way that attempts to sound spontaneous but clearly isn’t. It’s like a confusing mix between an audiobook, theater play and podcast.
The content is good but these episodes are so painfully scripted, it’s distracting. I would suggest writing down the talking points and then speaking on them off the cuff. Reading off of notes sheet is terrible for the listener.