Text4Tots Provides Information on Raising a Healthy Child


Do you have a baby at home?  Are you looking for tips about your pregnancy and baby based on your due date and baby’s date of birth?

Text4Tots, a new texting resource for parents of children ages 1-4, will provide you with weekly text messages covering topics such as nutrition, health and safety, as well as ideas for games and activities, and information on local parenting resources.

It’s easy to sign up! By simply texting “Text4Tots” to 898-211, users will receive messages tailored to the age of their child. It’s free to subscribe, though standard text messaging fees do apply.

Supported by a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation, Text4Tots was created by the Heart of Florida United Way in partnership with Early Learning Coalition, Healthy Start and Community Coordinated Care for Children. These organizations believe the foundation for a good life begins at a young age which is why they want to empower you to help your children reach developmental milestones from infancy.

7 Questions to Ask Before Giving Your Child Their First Phone


7 Questions to Ask Before Giving Your Child Their First Phone

  1. Does your child show a sense of responsibility, such as letting you know when they leave the house? Do they show up when they say they will?
  2. Does your child tend to lose things, such as backpacks or homework folders?
  3. Does your child need to be able to contact you at any time for safety reasons?
  4. Would having easy access to friends benefit your child for social reasons?
  5. Do you think your child will use cell phones responsibly—for example, not texting during class or disturbing others with their phone conversations?
  6. Can your child adhere to limits you set for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
  7. Will your child use text, photo and video functions responsibly and not to embarrass or harass others?

For additional resources, check out Smart Talk