At the Academy of Early Childhood Learning centers we will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child the week of April 14th. This event, started by the NAEYC or National Association for the Education of Young Children is meant to focus public attention on the needs of young children. Sometimes as parents, it’s easy to let the myriad of life’s challenges push children’s needs to the back burner. This month, let’s challenge ourselves to plan special activities to do with your children or even just make a conscious effort to include your young child in the necessary tasks around the house. Children can be great little helpers, but even when the “help” makes things take longer, you are strengthening the bond you have and are helping to shape your child’s development in self-help, problem solving,and cause and effect areas, as well as building their character. Special activities can be tough to plan and are sometimes expensive, but childhood is a relatively small window of time to share these experiences, so let’s make it count!