This guide for parents provides answers to common questions about caring for children from birth to three years old. Topics include prenatal care, health and nutrition, brain development, behavior, financial and legal issues, and adoption. Child care options, stages of development, sleep and play, and the roles of fathers and grandparents also are discussed. The last section reviews challenges facing children, such as the causes of child abuse and neglect, when to report abuse, the dependency system, single parenting, special needs, trauma, and the effects of violence. Each section offers statistics, background information, checklists, and action strategies.
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