Parenting the First 3 Years. With Ann McKitrick

Parenting the First three years with Ann McKitrick

Early parenthood is a huge learning curve and one of the biggest transitions you go through as an adult. Today, my guest sheds some light to better prepare for the parenting experience. 

We Talked About

  • Debunking Early Childhood Development Myths
  • How Today’s Technology Impacts Our Relationships with Children
  • Advice for Building Deep Connections with Your Children
  • Essential Traits of Professionals Caring for Young Children
  • Deeper Understanding and Managing Our Children’s Meltdowns

Things to Remember

“Parenting is a developmental process.”

“Your foundational relationship with your child is the main one.”

“Your baby always loves you best.”

“Having boundaries while providing respect and dignity for who your child is as a person is fundamental.”

“Consider your own development alongside your child to understand yourself and let that inform how you respond to your child.”

― Ann McKitrick

“Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than worrying which programs our children are watching, we should concentrate on trying to reduce the total amount of time they spend in front of the screen.” Hugh Mackay

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” Dr. Maria Montessori

Additional Resources

Episode 73: Setting Up Your Home for Learning with Jeanne-Marie Paynel

Let’s Continue the conversation…

Now, Ann and I want to hear from you!

Are you finding yourself perplexed when it comes to understating your little one? Listen in to find out how to make the early years manageable.

Leave a comment below and let us know; you’ll also be helping others to know what is possible.

Remember, The Art of Parenting was created for you. If you have any suggestions for experts, I should have on the show or parenting questions you want to be answered. Please let me know here.

More About My Guest

Ann McKitrick founded Nurtured Noggins, a comprehensive resource for parents and host of Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast. A frequent conference speaker, she’s a parenting coach and early childhood specialist with 30 years of experience in higher education.

Ann also provides online professional development for thousands of childcare professionals each year through her online business, Texas Child Care Training. 

Credentials include MS in Human Development and Family Studies; BS in Education; Master Level Trainer in a state Early Childhood Professional Development System, requiring continuing education; certified CIRCLE Trainer, Child Care Health Consultant, and Relationship Development Intervention Consultant.

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