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Videos Focusing on the Toddler Years

January 13, 2014 - Maternal & Child Health - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is pleased to announce a new set of videos for parents that showcase the rewards and challenges facing parents of toddlers.

“The Day Two videos highlight some of the challenges parents with toddlers face and give advice on how to manage difficult situations in positive ways, while encouraging children to build important skills,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH.

The new videos are the final piece of the Day One series and follow several families featured in the Department’s popular video series, which was first distributed in 2012. In Day Two, the videos follow parents as their children become toddlers. The series consists of the following videos: Toddlers and Screen Time; Falling Apart: Toddlers & Tantrums; and Toddlers and the World of No!

In addition to the parents, the videos feature pediatricians and a clinical child psychologist who offer insight into behaviors during the toddler years and offer suggestions on how to positively cope with these behaviors.

The Department of Health encourages dramatic play, dress up, and outside physical activities. Active play helps children learn to share, work with people and develop problem solving skills. Consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Department discourages television screen time before age two. After age two, watching television should be limited to one to two hours per day, at most.

The Day Two videos were produced by the Santa Fe Community College Film Department in cooperation with New Mexico Film Resources and paid for with a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

DVDs of the video will be distributed to doctors and clinic offices around New Mexico and to other professionals who work directly with parents. In addition to these videos, the Day One series also includes a 30-second Public Service Announcement and books created to help parents understand the social-emotional development of infants and toddlers. All material is available in English and Spanish. For copies of the DVD or other materials, contact Gloria Bonner.

To see the videos, visit the Maternal & Child Health section of our website.

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