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Teach. Play. Love. Parenting Advice for the Early Years

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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 … read more

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Ep. 43: Math Matters REPLAY

July 22nd, 2022

16:27

Some love math, many hate it, but we all need it. And no matter how you feel about it, it’s critical to your child’s development. Take another listen to this episode as Rachel Robertson and Ruth Fidino discuss …

Ep. 42: Play and Learning

June 28th, 2022

14:43

With the approach of summer comes camps, family vacations, and outdoor fun. But you may be wondering, when will you have time to prepare your child …

Ep. 41: No!

May 6th, 2022

12:37

Does it seem like your child’s favorite word is “no” these days? Why are they suddenly opposed to everything? Find out what’s really going on and how to get through this frustrating phase from our own early childhood …

Ep. 40: How to Approach Hitting and Biting

April 8th, 2022

28:16

Biting, hitting, kicking, “I hate you!” Why does physically aggressive behavior happen in the early years? Where does it come from, and what can you do to deal with it proactively and manage it in the moment? Our early …

Ep. 39: Difficult Conversations with Kids: Your Body

March 10th, 2022

17:48

“Where do babies come from?” Your child’s inevitable questions are coming — but when? What if they come up in inopportune moments or places? How …

Ep. 38: Difficult Conversations: Race

February 10th, 2022

21:54

Your child’s brain is hardwired to categorize things — so they’re going to notice and ask about differences. The question is: how should you respond? …

Ep. 37: Motivate Your Kids

January 7th, 2022

20:21

Your child has the desire to build new skills and learn new tasks from day one — but motivation is something they need to learn. And you can impact the inner workings of their brain to help them do so. In this episode, …

Ep. 36: What Happened to My World?

December 16th, 2021

17:54

“What happened to my world?” “Am I going to be okay — will everyone be okay?” When stress and trauma disrupt your child’s life, what can you say and do to help them feel safe and secure? Early childhood experts Rachel …

Ep. 35: Teaching Empathy to Children

November 30th, 2021

17:21

We’re all born hard-wired for empathy — but we have to work at it. How can you help your child build this lifelong skill? In this episode, early education experts Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss offer a run-down on …

Ep. 34: Hands-On, Minds-On: How Kids Learn

October 27th, 2021

17:32

Hands-on, minds-on — that’s how children learn best. When they can touch, wonder, explore, and discover, the opportunities are endless. In this episode, get expert advice from Rachel Robertson and Claire Goss on …

Ep. 33: Build Healthy Habits Early REPLAY

September 29th, 2021

23:39

Healthy eating is an important part of your child’s development. Nutrition impacts energy and brain function, so building healthy habits early on is …

Ep. 32: The New School Year

August 2nd, 2021

30:17

Wondering how to help your child feel ready as they head back to the classroom? After remote or hybrid learning, the school-year transition might …

Ep. 31: The Worry Over Language Development

July 9th, 2021

13:59

Are you concerned that the mask-era hindered your child’s language development? Listen to this episode to get advice from Rachel and Claire on how to keep helping your child improve their language skills.

Ep. 30: Risk and Reward in Outdoor Play

June 28th, 2021

26:55

Outdoor play offers so many developmental benefits – including healthy risk-taking. But bold, physical risks might make you feel uneasy. How can you …

Ep. 29: Making Up for Lost Social Time

May 27th, 2021

29:38

As things start to open up, opportunities for socialization do, too. Is your child craving social interaction, or are they nervous about what comes next? How can you support them as they ease back into social …

Ep. 28: The Year of Learning Loss

April 26th, 2021

23:11

How has the pandemic affected children’s learning? Are they behind? What can we do about learning loss? For over a year, child care and school have …

Ep. 27: Showing Girls What’s Possible

March 19th, 2021

31:32

Inspiring strong voices, boosting self-confidence, encouraging risks, and celebrating differences — it’s all part of raising a girl. Who does your daughter want to be when she grows up? How can you help her get there? …

Ep. 26: Important Conversations About Social Justice for Kids

February 24th, 2021

20:37

Children are hard-wired to want to help others. Collectively, we’re raising the next generation of leaders — and we can empower them to make a …

Ep. 25: Can Pandemic Stress Be Positive Stress?

January 22nd, 2021

30:06

2020 brought unimaginable instability, and 2021 didn’t begin with the fresh start we hoped for. No one knows what’s happening next, and everyone’s stressed — including kids. How can you tell if pandemic stress is …

Ep. 24: Finding Your Parenting Path

December 15th, 2020

37:14

 “Am I doing this right?” 
 
“How will my child turn out?” 
 
Overwhelming, isn’t it?  

Join Rachel Robertson and Ruth Fidino — early education experts and parenting veterans — who say that parenting doesn’t have to …

Ep. 23: How to Talk to Children About Race

November 30th, 2020

22:06

Your child’s brain is hardwired to categorize things — so they’re going to notice and ask about differences. The question is: how should you respond? …

Ep. 22: Staying Connected While Staying Apart

October 27th, 2020

20:59

Building secure, social attachments…during a pandemic? None of us have trained for this. But it is possible to help your child stay connected with others, even while staying apart. Get ideas that will boost …

Ep. 21: Bringing the Classroom to Your Living Room

September 30th, 2020

22:16

School has started, but it’s far from what we’re all used to. Are you scrambling to create a remote learning environment that will make things easier …

Ep. 20: A Parenting Mindset for Back-to-School

September 23rd, 2020

13:03

Remote learning, a hybrid model, or fully in-person, no matter how your school district decided to start the academic year, it’s sure to look and …

Ep. 19: Parenting through Uncertainty

March 12th, 2020

20:59

World events shake all of us — parents and children alike. So how do you answer when your child asks, “Are we going to be okay?” On this episode, Bright Horizons early childhood education expert Rachel Robertson gives …

Ep. 18: Mindful Kids, Calmer Days REPLAY

February 28th, 2020

14:22

Full schedules and little downtime can cause stress for everyone – including children – but practicing mindfulness can alleviate that stress. We are …

Ep. 17: Build Healthy Habits Early – Part Two

January 31st, 2020

25:53

Children need us to focus on their physical development — they need to play, take risks, connect with nature, and more. Why? To enhance fine and large motor skills and encourage exciting milestones. On this …

Ep. 16: Ready, Set, Read REPLAY

December 23rd, 2019

24:41

Do you find yourself picking up the same story over and over again? Are you wondering how to choose your child’s next book? Join Rachel Robertson, education and development vice president, and Ruth Fidino, education and …

Ep. 15: How Children Learn to Be Grateful

November 22nd, 2019

23:38

As much as you might want your child to say “thank you” and mean it right off the bat, the concept of gratitude requires a high level of social-emotional skills, and it grows over time. How can you promote and support …

Ep. 14: The Digital Dilemma REPLAY

October 24th, 2019

16:44

Technology is everywhere. As adults, we rely on it constantly. And for kids, it provides great value, as long as it’s used in the “right” way. But …

Ep. 13: Build Healthy Habits Early

September 30th, 2019

23:38

Healthy eating is an important part of your child’s development. Nutrition impacts energy and brain function, so building healthy habits early on is …

Ep. 12: Math Matters

August 22nd, 2019

16:26

Some love math, many hate it, but we all need it. And no matter how you feel about it, it’s critical to your child’s development. Listen in to hear Rachel Robertson, education and development vice president, and Ruth …

Ep. 11: Making Sense of Social and Emotional Development

July 26th, 2019

18:49

Social-emotional development is essential, from the classroom all the way to the board room. Often paired together, these two different categories of development help children understand and respond to emotions and …

Ep. 10: Children Need Positive Guidance

June 28th, 2019

20:01

As young children make sense of the world, their behavior at times can be challenging for parents. But there’s usually a reason behind it, and positive guidance can help. How? Find out from Rachel Robertson, education …

Ep. 9: Summer Learning Starts Outside

May 23rd, 2019

12:45

Summer's here and your child wants to get outside, but if you have a child getting ready for kindergarten, you probably have academics on the mind. Good news: outdoor play and learning go hand-in-hand! Learn how, from …

Ep. 8: Ready, Set, Read

April 25th, 2019

25:01

Do you find yourself picking up the same story over and over again? Are you wondering how to choose your child’s next book? Join Rachel Robertson, education and development vice president, and Ruth Fidino, learning and …

Ep. 7: Mindful Kids, Calmer Days

March 27th, 2019

14:34

Full schedules and little downtime can cause stress for everyone — including children — but practicing mindfulness can help. How? Find out from …

Ep. 6: Your Child's Fully Loaded Imagination

February 25th, 2019

13:21

Superheroes, lightsabers, bad guys, and more. Children use pretend play to make sense of the world — and it’s important to let them do so. Why? Tune into this episode to find out. Rachel Robertson, education and …

Ep. 5: Hi Baby! Let's Talk

February 6th, 2019

12:56

You might feel silly carrying on a conversation with your little one since babies can’t respond like adults can…but don’t! On this episode, Rachel …

Ep. 4: Say Yes to Play

December 22nd, 2018

16:17

“Is play important?” On this episode, Rachel Robertson, Bright Horizons education and development vice president, and new mom Amanda, tackle this …

Ep. 3: The Quest for Executive Function

November 15th, 2018

15:53

On this episode: executive function, an important set of organizational skills that will take your child into the future. Listen as Rachel Robertson, education and development vice president, and Ruth Fidino, learning …

Ep. 2: Bored? Good!

September 23rd, 2018

15:28

On this episode, we dive into how to respond to those dreaded words: “I’m bored.” Debbie Hoppy, Bright Horizons curriculum director, joins Rachel …

Ep. 1: The Digital Dilemma

September 21st, 2018

16:42

On this episode, we tackle the hot topic of technology in early childhood. With so much information out there on the “right” way for kids to use …

Ep. 0: This is Teach. Play. Love.

September 19th, 2018

0:53

Subscribe to the new Bright Horizons parenting podcast, featuring expert advice on what really matters—and what doesn’t—in your child’s earliest years of learning, growth, and development. The series kicks off with a …

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