Becoming a Family

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Becoming A Family: Riding a HorseMaking the adjustment to family life with your first child can be both a joy and a struggle.

Read these invaluable "Ten Tips for Parents on Creating a Nurturing Environment."

First 5 of California offers a free kit for new parents which will give new and expectant parents the tools they need to feel confident as they welcome a child into their lives. Newly updated, it is filled with information on nutrition, safety, quality child care, health, discipline and early learning. Parents and caregivers can also receive a free kit by calling (800) KIDS-025. A Spanish language version is also available. Call 1-800-50-Niños to order the kit in Spanish.

Can you guess what the "10 Things Every Child Needs for the Best Start in Life" are? Here's a hint: two are physical affection and a stable parent-child relationship. Take a look at what the rest are on the First 5 website.

Fathers will appreciate "10 Ways to Be the Best Dad," adapted by First 5 from

PBS Parents offers something for everyone- including a child development tracker, issues and advice, food and fitness, your role as your child's first teacher, and even birthday parties!

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