Recent Stories


A 3-year old boy is dressed up in a fireman costume and using a vacuum cleaner hose to pretend that he is putting out a fire.

‘Pretend play’ is important to kids’ development

Learn how and why to encourage your child’s imagination
Parenting Services 4 min read
child sleeps near clock

Sleep matters at all ages, for some surprising reasons

Besides tired, lack of sleep can make kids wired and even accident-prone
Parenting Services 4 min read
little boy brushes healthy teeth in high chair

Healthy baby teeth lead to healthy permanent teeth

Your child’s dental health starts as early as their first tooth
Parenting Services 4 min read
child sleeps with mouth open

Why your child needs plenty of zzz’s

Learn how getting enough sleep affects your school-age child
Parenting Services 5 min read
mom smiling and holding newborn

A list of the basics: What your newborn needs

Help your baby establish emotional stability and resiliency
Jennifer Haggar, MD 5 min read
Manage screen time for better learning and creativity

How to manage your preschooler’s screen time

Child development experts recommend balancing active and interactive play
Parenting Services 5 min read
interacting with young child to teach good manners

Model good manners for toddlers

Here are some tips to encourage more ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ from age 2 and up
Parenting Services 4 min read
Baby - Day Old in Hospital

Sanford sees ‘baby boom’ as nationwide birth rates fall

Sanford Health OB/GYNs are pleased with birth numbers here at home
Courtney Collen 8 min read
Young couple, who is expecting a baby, assembling a baby crib in their living room.

Tips for dads: Ready for fatherhood?

Learn how soon-to-be dads can help throughout a pregnancy
SHN Staff 6 min read
kids flying kites

Keep your child active and learning all summer long

Fun, simple activities to keep your child’s body and brain active this summer
Parenting Services 4 min read