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If you’re looking for information about baby development, or looking for ideas about how to play with your baby to support development, Learn With Less (formerly Strength In Words) is where we discuss all things early parenthood and early childhood. We help families (expecting parents, new parents, and seasoned parents) navigate those early years in an inclusive, educational, and supportive space. Join Ayelet Marinovich, M.A., CCC-SLP, author, singer, mother of two and pediatric speech-language pathologist, for a podcast for parents, caregivers, and educators of infants and toddlers. Learn With Less is the place for families to access high quality, evidence-based resources about how their infants and toddlers learn and develop; for regular sessions of music, play and developmental information for both you and your baby, subscribe on iTunes and visit www.learnwithless.com!

Latest Episodes

How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

In this session of the Learn With Less podcast (a special episode brought to you in partnership with the pod-conference, SLP Live), we discussed different ways that music and singing promotes early language development in infants and toddlers. We also discussed research that supports the use of music as a framework to support communication development. In addition, we explored different strategies to help keep a young child engaged in musical activities. Hi, I’m Ayelet Marinovich, your host. Welcome to Learn With Less, a family enrichment program for parents, caregivers, and educators working with infants and toddlers of all developmental levels. In this podcast series, we get together to sing a few songs, discuss some ideas for play, outlines, some insight about early development and talk about life as a parent or caregiver in these early years of parenthood. The mission of Learn With Less is to provide peace of mind families already have everything they need to support the infants and toddlers in their lives. Now, before we get started, I would like to take a moment to let you know that I am the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, the basis for which is outlined in my best selling books, Understanding Your Baby and Understanding Your Toddler. The Learn With Less Curriculum also exists as both a live, local offering for families provided by me and a group of licensed facilitators, and as a virtual program. I am the sole recording artist on my musical album, which I do mention later in the episode, called Strength In Words: Music For Families. As the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, I do receive royalties and collect membership and licensing fees. I’m also the host of the Learn With Less podcast, which is a free early development and early parenting resource for parents, caregivers and professionals working with families with infants and toddlers, and which occasionally informs my audience about my paid offerings. I also want to let you know that after listening to this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, you have a few learning outcomes: * You will be able to identify ways that music and singing promotes early development in infants and toddlers* You will be able to identify research that supports the use of music as a framework to support early communication* You’ll be able to pull from a repertoire of songs and rhymes to use in play or a therapeutic context that can target early communication and other early developing skills* You’ll be able to identify additional songs that you already know that might also be utilized in a learning context* And you’ll be able to identify strategies to keep a young child engaged in musical activities Let’s start today’s episode by using our bodies and tapping to the beat. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself musical or if the rhythm doesn’t feel like it comes naturally to you. This is about the time you spend with your baby or toddler doing something together. We’ll talk more about why it’s so beneficial later in the episode. Sings Hello Song Great job. So that is our hello song and we start with some version of it each time in my podcast.

51 MINNOV 1
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How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

Learn With Less: For Families With Infants And Toddlers… or Why Strength In Words is Getting A New Home

Early Parenthood Is Isolating When I initially started my business, I was a pediatric speech-language pathologist with a brand new baby living as an expat in a foreign land. I came up with a plan to woo other new parents and caregivers to want to hang out with me. Because, although I certainly experienced my share of the deep vulnerability, incredible lack of confidence, and insane level of overwhelm and anxiety that affects many new parents… One thing I DID know about was how to play with a baby. I wasn’t worried that I was “doing it wrong” or “doing enough.” I didn’t feel that, when it came to early development, I was “just winging it.” But I found, as I started leading part play groups / part parent support groups out of my home, that many of my fellow new parentsdidfeel that way. So I started showing my new friends simple ideas for supporting and connecting with their babies (and as our children grew) and toddlers. I showed them how to take simple objects, like the empty toilet paper roll, and use it to support a baby’s understanding about important developmental concepts. I showed them why everyday routines, like changing a dirty diaper or putting on your shoes, are often the most powerful moments for learning. I had come up with a name for my website (knowing nothing about websites), and started blogging for fun. I called my site “Strength In Words,” a play on my language specialist roots, a nod to my hometown (go, Warriors!), and an allusion to the fact that what we do and how we speak to our children as parents in those first few years has an enormous impact on the way they learn language and other developmental milestones. But it never really felt like it was quite the right name. But as my work became more and more focused on creating online content to reach a broader audience, I stuck with it. Strength In Words was the name of my business, my brand, my podcast… But it didn’t say what I do, straightaway. It didn’t scream, “I help families with infants and toddlers feel confident they can raise a great human from day one – without having to buy a single toy!” But then, I published my first book. And things started to come together. The first book, Understanding Your Baby, was, in written form, what I had done with my friends during that very special postpartum period. And then I wrote my second book, Understanding Your Toddler, which finished out the foundation. And now, I had something. I had a foundation. I could see, SO much more clearly, what I had been trying to build all along, but hadn’t yet had the words for. I wasn’t just talking about the strength of our words, the importance of early communication… I was helping families see how they could support all areas of development. I had developed an entire curriculum for parents and caregivers

6 MINOCT 5
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Learn With Less: For Families With Infants And Toddlers… or Why Strength In Words is Getting A New Home

How to Stop Yelling At Your Kids

How do I retrain my brain to stop yelling at my kids? In this episode, we speak with Amanda Rueter, a mental health counselor, mother of two young boys, and founder of Messy Motherhood.Through her work, Amanda helps bust the myth of the “super mom,” and helps parents embrace their imperfections. We cover: * Amanda’s background, and how she came to do the work she’s doing today* The cycle of emotion for parents and caregivers: negative self-talk, common triggers, andwhywe explode* The link between taking care of ourselves and taking care of our families* Amanda’s top tips and resources for understanding and working around our own emotional triggers, so we can regulate our won emotions as parents and caregivers! Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode: Messy Motherhood Mama’s Anger Managemente-course Amy McCready’s book,“If I Have To Tell You One More Time” Learn With Less episodeUsing the Language of Listening with Infants and Toddlers, with Tracey Cutchlow Lear...

39 MINSEP 11
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How to Stop Yelling At Your Kids

What Do I Need For Baby To Learn?

How Do Babies and Toddlers Learn? It’s so easy to get bombarded with the “stuff” of early parenthood. Especially when hormones are “out of whack,” and the idea of getting more than a few hours of uninterrupted sleep seems years away. The sense that we’re “winging it” is often all encompassing. We feel like we’re constantly playing catch up – which can be especially daunting for those perfectionists among us, or if we felt like we were pretty good at most things in life before parenthood. So, we go out in search of the “best toys” to support our babies, or the “parenting expert” that can tell us the formula for sleep, discipline, introducing solids, potty training, or anything else we need to know – oftenright in that moment, and often desperately. But let me tell you something… We are all asking the same questions. And our babies are all so very, very different. In fact, when I incredulously placed my second child down in his bassinet “sleepy but awake,” (something...

15 MINAUG 28
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What Do I Need For Baby To Learn?

How Do You Learn to Follow Your Child’s Lead?

Responsive caregiving starts with learning to follow your baby’s lead. In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Manuela and Gwen, two mothers living in London, who became parents at the same time as (and along with) Ayelet, and who became much of the inspiration for theLearn With Less Curriculum. We cover the ways in which, through the powers of observation and the benefit of learning through a framework and in community from each other, these new parents learned to find the confidence to play with and support their babies, what types of activities they did to guide their children (using simple materials they already had), and how they learned to use play, communication strategies, music, and movement to support all areas of their children’s development. QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: The Learn With Less Curriculum:stop winging it and raise a great human from day one – without having to buy a single toy Understanding Your Toddler: A Month-By-Mon...

33 MINAUG 21
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How Do You Learn to Follow Your Child’s Lead?

Where to Find Baby and Toddler Development Toys

What baby toys do I actually need? The baby industry would have you believe that toys with all the bells and whistles will do wonders for your young child’s development, yet experts in early learning disagree. This leaves parents and caregivers feeling lost and confused. You want to encourage your tiny human’s development, but you don’t know where to start! There’s so much information out there, it’s easy to feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin. And somehow, with all the play materials you’ve invested in, you’re out of ideas. Text transcript of this episode You and your young child(ren) are bored with the current selection of toys and activities in your home. You know that your child responds to music, your voice, and enjoys exploring the environment but… How do you structure your home and play materials to create the ideal learning environment? How do you provide your child with developmentally appropriate play experiences when you barely have time and energy to ta...

3 MINAUG 16
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Where to Find Baby and Toddler Development Toys

Creativity Outlets For New Parents

Why (and how!) to have a creative outlet as a new parent In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats withBeryl Young, a mother, former elementary school teacher, and creator of the Momtography Method and Recapture Self. Beryl fell in love with photography in 2009 as a way to document the exciting time of becoming a mom. Now, she’s helped thousands of moms around the world use their creative energy to love their photos and their life. We cover: * Beryl’s background and how she came to do the work she’s doing today* The reasons whyhaving an outlet for oneself is important (even/especially in early parenthood!),* How to incorporate room for small moments of creativity into your life, whether you work full-time or home is your work* Beryl’s top tips and resources to help you “recapture” yourself! QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Momtography.club:Capture yourself; create a life you love (Beryl’s website) CreativeBug: award-winning video classes for makers ...

29 MINJUL 24
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Creativity Outlets For New Parents

Thriving In Modern Motherhood

How to build a sustainable lifestyle that includes self-care as a new parent In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Sophia Salazar, a self care advocate, life coach, mother, and co-founder of BirthBabyBody. Sophiabelieves that pregnancy, birth, and motherhood is a unique opportunity to harness and share your creative power as a woman, and she is the co-founder of BirthBabyBody, whose mission is to end the cycle of stress, information overload, and feelings of “not enough” that are present in modern motherhood. We cover Sophia’s background, and how she came to do the work she’s doing today, herdefinition of “self-care,” ways to create sustainable self-care habits, and the difference between “sustainability” and “balance.” Finally, Sophia shares her top tips and resources for practicing self-care in all areas of life. QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: BirthBabyBody:online education for modern parents and professionals Emotional Agility, by D...

37 MINJUL 3
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Thriving In Modern Motherhood

Things New Dads Should Know

Things Every Father Should Know or Think About In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Anton Marinovich, her very own partner in parenting. We cover: * Anton’s own challenges as a new dad* The journey into his self-identity as a father* His own perspective on the first few years of fatherhood (and his concept of “the tunnel”)* How he started noticing his baby’s behavior* What led to him understanding his babies Join us for this special episode by listening on your favorite podcast player or reading the transcript below. Ayelet:Welcome to episode 77 of the Learn With Less podcast. It’s nearly Father’s Day, and I wanted to take a moment to recognize my parenting partner. I also thought it might be a nice way for you guys to get a sense of the other half of my team in real life… because, as you know, when I’m not creating podcast episodes and working, I’m momming two young children. This episode is dedicated to celebrate the role of your co-parent or ...

31 MINJUN 12
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Things New Dads Should Know

Support and Community For New Parents

What kind of early parenting support system do you have in place? In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats about the origins of Learn With Less, the need for support in early parenthood, the art of community building for new parents, and the joys of connecting with other parents and caregivers. Learn With Less was started to fill a much-needed gap for parents and caregivers who know they want more and who feel they “should” be able to create more out of this special, precious time with their babies and toddlers, and who want to understand more about how their babies learn so they can support them with simple activities. What started as a way to enrich both young children and their parents and caregivers became an entire platform for parent education and parent support, framed through theLearn With Lesscurriculum. These podcast episodes, our blog, social media presence, the bestselling booksUnderstanding Your BabyandUnderstanding Your Toddler, our email newslett...

10 MINMAR 26
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Support and Community For New Parents

Latest Episodes

How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

In this session of the Learn With Less podcast (a special episode brought to you in partnership with the pod-conference, SLP Live), we discussed different ways that music and singing promotes early language development in infants and toddlers. We also discussed research that supports the use of music as a framework to support communication development. In addition, we explored different strategies to help keep a young child engaged in musical activities. Hi, I’m Ayelet Marinovich, your host. Welcome to Learn With Less, a family enrichment program for parents, caregivers, and educators working with infants and toddlers of all developmental levels. In this podcast series, we get together to sing a few songs, discuss some ideas for play, outlines, some insight about early development and talk about life as a parent or caregiver in these early years of parenthood. The mission of Learn With Less is to provide peace of mind families already have everything they need to support the infants and toddlers in their lives. Now, before we get started, I would like to take a moment to let you know that I am the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, the basis for which is outlined in my best selling books, Understanding Your Baby and Understanding Your Toddler. The Learn With Less Curriculum also exists as both a live, local offering for families provided by me and a group of licensed facilitators, and as a virtual program. I am the sole recording artist on my musical album, which I do mention later in the episode, called Strength In Words: Music For Families. As the creator of the Learn With Less Curriculum, I do receive royalties and collect membership and licensing fees. I’m also the host of the Learn With Less podcast, which is a free early development and early parenting resource for parents, caregivers and professionals working with families with infants and toddlers, and which occasionally informs my audience about my paid offerings. I also want to let you know that after listening to this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, you have a few learning outcomes: * You will be able to identify ways that music and singing promotes early development in infants and toddlers* You will be able to identify research that supports the use of music as a framework to support early communication* You’ll be able to pull from a repertoire of songs and rhymes to use in play or a therapeutic context that can target early communication and other early developing skills* You’ll be able to identify additional songs that you already know that might also be utilized in a learning context* And you’ll be able to identify strategies to keep a young child engaged in musical activities Let’s start today’s episode by using our bodies and tapping to the beat. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself musical or if the rhythm doesn’t feel like it comes naturally to you. This is about the time you spend with your baby or toddler doing something together. We’ll talk more about why it’s so beneficial later in the episode. Sings Hello Song Great job. So that is our hello song and we start with some version of it each time in my podcast.

51 MINNOV 1
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How to Use Music To Support Early Communication

Learn With Less: For Families With Infants And Toddlers… or Why Strength In Words is Getting A New Home

Early Parenthood Is Isolating When I initially started my business, I was a pediatric speech-language pathologist with a brand new baby living as an expat in a foreign land. I came up with a plan to woo other new parents and caregivers to want to hang out with me. Because, although I certainly experienced my share of the deep vulnerability, incredible lack of confidence, and insane level of overwhelm and anxiety that affects many new parents… One thing I DID know about was how to play with a baby. I wasn’t worried that I was “doing it wrong” or “doing enough.” I didn’t feel that, when it came to early development, I was “just winging it.” But I found, as I started leading part play groups / part parent support groups out of my home, that many of my fellow new parentsdidfeel that way. So I started showing my new friends simple ideas for supporting and connecting with their babies (and as our children grew) and toddlers. I showed them how to take simple objects, like the empty toilet paper roll, and use it to support a baby’s understanding about important developmental concepts. I showed them why everyday routines, like changing a dirty diaper or putting on your shoes, are often the most powerful moments for learning. I had come up with a name for my website (knowing nothing about websites), and started blogging for fun. I called my site “Strength In Words,” a play on my language specialist roots, a nod to my hometown (go, Warriors!), and an allusion to the fact that what we do and how we speak to our children as parents in those first few years has an enormous impact on the way they learn language and other developmental milestones. But it never really felt like it was quite the right name. But as my work became more and more focused on creating online content to reach a broader audience, I stuck with it. Strength In Words was the name of my business, my brand, my podcast… But it didn’t say what I do, straightaway. It didn’t scream, “I help families with infants and toddlers feel confident they can raise a great human from day one – without having to buy a single toy!” But then, I published my first book. And things started to come together. The first book, Understanding Your Baby, was, in written form, what I had done with my friends during that very special postpartum period. And then I wrote my second book, Understanding Your Toddler, which finished out the foundation. And now, I had something. I had a foundation. I could see, SO much more clearly, what I had been trying to build all along, but hadn’t yet had the words for. I wasn’t just talking about the strength of our words, the importance of early communication… I was helping families see how they could support all areas of development. I had developed an entire curriculum for parents and caregivers

6 MINOCT 5
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Learn With Less: For Families With Infants And Toddlers… or Why Strength In Words is Getting A New Home

How to Stop Yelling At Your Kids

How do I retrain my brain to stop yelling at my kids? In this episode, we speak with Amanda Rueter, a mental health counselor, mother of two young boys, and founder of Messy Motherhood.Through her work, Amanda helps bust the myth of the “super mom,” and helps parents embrace their imperfections. We cover: * Amanda’s background, and how she came to do the work she’s doing today* The cycle of emotion for parents and caregivers: negative self-talk, common triggers, andwhywe explode* The link between taking care of ourselves and taking care of our families* Amanda’s top tips and resources for understanding and working around our own emotional triggers, so we can regulate our won emotions as parents and caregivers! Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode: Messy Motherhood Mama’s Anger Managemente-course Amy McCready’s book,“If I Have To Tell You One More Time” Learn With Less episodeUsing the Language of Listening with Infants and Toddlers, with Tracey Cutchlow Lear...

39 MINSEP 11
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How to Stop Yelling At Your Kids

What Do I Need For Baby To Learn?

How Do Babies and Toddlers Learn? It’s so easy to get bombarded with the “stuff” of early parenthood. Especially when hormones are “out of whack,” and the idea of getting more than a few hours of uninterrupted sleep seems years away. The sense that we’re “winging it” is often all encompassing. We feel like we’re constantly playing catch up – which can be especially daunting for those perfectionists among us, or if we felt like we were pretty good at most things in life before parenthood. So, we go out in search of the “best toys” to support our babies, or the “parenting expert” that can tell us the formula for sleep, discipline, introducing solids, potty training, or anything else we need to know – oftenright in that moment, and often desperately. But let me tell you something… We are all asking the same questions. And our babies are all so very, very different. In fact, when I incredulously placed my second child down in his bassinet “sleepy but awake,” (something...

15 MINAUG 28
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What Do I Need For Baby To Learn?

How Do You Learn to Follow Your Child’s Lead?

Responsive caregiving starts with learning to follow your baby’s lead. In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Manuela and Gwen, two mothers living in London, who became parents at the same time as (and along with) Ayelet, and who became much of the inspiration for theLearn With Less Curriculum. We cover the ways in which, through the powers of observation and the benefit of learning through a framework and in community from each other, these new parents learned to find the confidence to play with and support their babies, what types of activities they did to guide their children (using simple materials they already had), and how they learned to use play, communication strategies, music, and movement to support all areas of their children’s development. QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: The Learn With Less Curriculum:stop winging it and raise a great human from day one – without having to buy a single toy Understanding Your Toddler: A Month-By-Mon...

33 MINAUG 21
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How Do You Learn to Follow Your Child’s Lead?

Where to Find Baby and Toddler Development Toys

What baby toys do I actually need? The baby industry would have you believe that toys with all the bells and whistles will do wonders for your young child’s development, yet experts in early learning disagree. This leaves parents and caregivers feeling lost and confused. You want to encourage your tiny human’s development, but you don’t know where to start! There’s so much information out there, it’s easy to feel like you’re spreading yourself too thin. And somehow, with all the play materials you’ve invested in, you’re out of ideas. Text transcript of this episode You and your young child(ren) are bored with the current selection of toys and activities in your home. You know that your child responds to music, your voice, and enjoys exploring the environment but… How do you structure your home and play materials to create the ideal learning environment? How do you provide your child with developmentally appropriate play experiences when you barely have time and energy to ta...

3 MINAUG 16
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Where to Find Baby and Toddler Development Toys

Creativity Outlets For New Parents

Why (and how!) to have a creative outlet as a new parent In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats withBeryl Young, a mother, former elementary school teacher, and creator of the Momtography Method and Recapture Self. Beryl fell in love with photography in 2009 as a way to document the exciting time of becoming a mom. Now, she’s helped thousands of moms around the world use their creative energy to love their photos and their life. We cover: * Beryl’s background and how she came to do the work she’s doing today* The reasons whyhaving an outlet for oneself is important (even/especially in early parenthood!),* How to incorporate room for small moments of creativity into your life, whether you work full-time or home is your work* Beryl’s top tips and resources to help you “recapture” yourself! QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Momtography.club:Capture yourself; create a life you love (Beryl’s website) CreativeBug: award-winning video classes for makers ...

29 MINJUL 24
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Creativity Outlets For New Parents

Thriving In Modern Motherhood

How to build a sustainable lifestyle that includes self-care as a new parent In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Sophia Salazar, a self care advocate, life coach, mother, and co-founder of BirthBabyBody. Sophiabelieves that pregnancy, birth, and motherhood is a unique opportunity to harness and share your creative power as a woman, and she is the co-founder of BirthBabyBody, whose mission is to end the cycle of stress, information overload, and feelings of “not enough” that are present in modern motherhood. We cover Sophia’s background, and how she came to do the work she’s doing today, herdefinition of “self-care,” ways to create sustainable self-care habits, and the difference between “sustainability” and “balance.” Finally, Sophia shares her top tips and resources for practicing self-care in all areas of life. QUICK ACCESS TO LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: BirthBabyBody:online education for modern parents and professionals Emotional Agility, by D...

37 MINJUL 3
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Thriving In Modern Motherhood

Things New Dads Should Know

Things Every Father Should Know or Think About In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats with Anton Marinovich, her very own partner in parenting. We cover: * Anton’s own challenges as a new dad* The journey into his self-identity as a father* His own perspective on the first few years of fatherhood (and his concept of “the tunnel”)* How he started noticing his baby’s behavior* What led to him understanding his babies Join us for this special episode by listening on your favorite podcast player or reading the transcript below. Ayelet:Welcome to episode 77 of the Learn With Less podcast. It’s nearly Father’s Day, and I wanted to take a moment to recognize my parenting partner. I also thought it might be a nice way for you guys to get a sense of the other half of my team in real life… because, as you know, when I’m not creating podcast episodes and working, I’m momming two young children. This episode is dedicated to celebrate the role of your co-parent or ...

31 MINJUN 12
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Things New Dads Should Know

Support and Community For New Parents

What kind of early parenting support system do you have in place? In this episode of the Learn With Less podcast, Ayelet chats about the origins of Learn With Less, the need for support in early parenthood, the art of community building for new parents, and the joys of connecting with other parents and caregivers. Learn With Less was started to fill a much-needed gap for parents and caregivers who know they want more and who feel they “should” be able to create more out of this special, precious time with their babies and toddlers, and who want to understand more about how their babies learn so they can support them with simple activities. What started as a way to enrich both young children and their parents and caregivers became an entire platform for parent education and parent support, framed through theLearn With Lesscurriculum. These podcast episodes, our blog, social media presence, the bestselling booksUnderstanding Your BabyandUnderstanding Your Toddler, our email newslett...

10 MINMAR 26
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Support and Community For New Parents
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