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The environment in which your child grows up is extremely important to his short-term and long-term well-being. Every exchange and interaction, be it in regular care or play, is an opportunity to bond and engage, to nurture a relationship of trust that will allow the child to blossom over time. Enjoy these special moments with your baby – this phase goes by so quickly. Try to bring out the fun in each exchange and situation! Having said that, there will be times when you feel overwhelmed, days that you find especially trying. If you feel emotionally “frazzled”, or can’t see the fun and have trouble coping, discuss it with others – a playgroup, parents in similar situations, your pediatrician, a health care professional. Do take care of yourself. We urge you to share your concerns, questions, and problems with our staff. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.


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