The Basics

The Basics Principles are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-3 grow to be happy and smart.

Week 21

Maximize Love, Manage Stress


(Ages 1-3)

Offer choices.
Offer choices like what to wear or eat, but give a limited number of options. For example, "It's time for a snack. Do you want an apple or grapes?"


(Ages 0-1)

Reassure when nervous.
Your emotions affect how your baby feels about a situation. If you have to separate from your child, talk and smile to reassure them. Say "Mommy/Daddy will be back" so they learn to connect that promise with your return.