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Social Development

Expand your youngster's social skills through fun activities and expert tips.

6 Steps to Cure a Whiny Child

"But Mo-omm!" Sound familiar? Children whine at all ages, whether you have a toddler who wants a new toy or a teen who wants to stay out an hour past curfew. Having a whiny child on your hands is sure to fray your nerves, so nip this bad habit in the bud with these tips and strategies. read more

Age-by-Age Guide to Helping Your Shy Child Thrive

Not every person is cut out to be a social butterfly. Research shows that nearly half of all teens and adults identify themselves as shy. Some people are born with a timid temperament, and others seem to develop a shy personality along the way. What can you do as a parent to give your shy child a social boost? Whether your child is a mildly timid toddler or a highly introverted teen, find tips for helping him succeed and feel comfortable in school and social situations at any age. read more

Buzzing Bee

Buzzing Bee Activity for the individual child Age group: 18-30 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes This activity is meant to help children with separation issues. You can dream up many potential variations. For example, you can be the moon and your child can be a spaceship. Or perhaps you are a gas station and your child is a car. You are the flower, so you sit or stand in one place. Your child is the bee who can buzz all around you and return for pollen! read more

Characteristics Checklist for Asperger's Syndrome: Social Interactions

Print out and use this checklist to help in an initial diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in your child. You can find more checklists on Asperger's syndrome here. read more

Daughter's Friend Is a Bad Influence

It isn't wise for parents to forbid their kids to play with other children. read more

Granddaughter Moving Out

Grandparents are worried that their granddaughter will miss them terribly if she moves across the country. read more

Helping Your Child Adjust to Childcare

Helping Your Child Adjust to Childcare Depending upon your family situation, your child may have no trouble at all getting used to a new childcare situation. On the other hand—particularly if he or she is a certain age and has been home with you as the primary caregiver for the past few years—going to a new location or having a new caregiver in the home all day may prove to be a difficult transition. The good news is that most children do eventually make peace with the new order. read more

Helping Your Child Make Friends

Helping Your Child Make Friends Preschoolers make friends quickly and intensely. To your three-year-old, a "friend" is anyone who is willing to play with her the way she wants to play at the moment. It could be someone she sees every day in the neighborhood or at day care. But it could just as well be someone she meets just once while playing in the park or playground or children's museum. read more

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Separation

How to Prepare Your Toddler for Separation More than anything else, your own attitude can help your child to overcome her fear. Your confidence will increase your toddler's confidence. Your cheerfulness will help reduce her tears. Your fearlessness will help her let go of her own fears. Your encouragement will heighten her sense of competence. read more

I'm Unique: Teaching Your Toddler to Value Differences

I'm Unique: Teaching Your Toddler to Value Differences You can begin to battle the influence of bias in our culture by teaching your toddler to value differences. One way to start is by encouraging your child to appreciate her own uniqueness. read more

Intrapersonal Quick Tips

Intrapersonal Quick TipsWould you say your child is more of a bookworm or social butterfly? It's important for kids to strengthen both their interpersonal and intrapersonal talents. These intelligences work together to help us define who we are. You can help strengthen your child's intrapersonal intelligence by: Giving him a diary and encouraging him to write in it often. Holding goal-setting sessions and letting him decide how he can contribute to the family. He can set a goal to make the bed every morning, for example. read more

Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety

Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care of any problems. That's about to change, and it's only natural that it should be accompanied by anxiety—for both of you. What Your Child Should Know Your child should: read more

Kindergartner Refuses to Learn the Alphabet

Let your son's first exposure to learning and socializing in a public school be free of parents' pressuring him to learn things. read more

Nine-Year-Old Has Separation Anxiety

When a nine-year-old has a desperate need to remain physically with a parent at all times, professional attention is called for. read more

Parting from Your Preschooler

Parting from Your Preschooler Childproofing Don't try to sneak away without letting your child know you're leaving just because he seems happy. Your preschooler will never get comfortable or really take part in the group if he's constantly checking to make sure you're still there. read more

Preschoolers Who Aren't in Preschool

Preschoolers Who Aren't in Preschool Q-tip Having trouble finding an activity or playgroup that you and your preschooler might enjoy? Try forming a play co-op with other parents of preschoolers in your area. When you have the kids to your home, you'll have a mess to clean up but depending on how many parents and children you include, you'll then have two or three or more playdates that involve no clean-up at all. read more

Preventing Prejudice in Your Toddler

Preventing Prejudice in Your Toddler As much as we would like to be a color-blind, gender-blind, age-blind society, we aren't. So don't ignore the issues of racism and sexism (and ageism and other prejudices) just because they make you uncomfortable. Your toddler needs your help to resist biases and prejudice. read more

Retention Because of Shyness?

Retention decisions should not be made quickly. Investigate the issues before a decision is made. read more

Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety Q-tip It may ease separation anxiety later if you at least occasionally employ a sitter during the first six months of your baby's life. She may feel more comfortable with separation if it has always been a familiar aspect of her life. read more

Separation Anxiety in Kindergartener

When being at school all day makes a child depressed, try to reassure him of your confidence in him. read more

Separation Anxiety in Preschooler

Give your child the power to dictate some time alone with you, doing something with him that he would like to do. Do this on a regular basis. read more

Separation Anxiety: Making It Easier for Everyone

Separation Anxiety: Making It Easier for Everyone No healthy toddler can avoid going through the difficult process of separation and individuation. You cannot stay with your child every minute of every day and even if you could, that wouldn't take care of everything. read more

Shy Preschooler

Help your child overcome her shyness at a young age. read more

Teaching Kids to Share

When we allow kids to settle situations like these on their own, we give them lessons at many developmental levels. read more

Teaching Your Preschooler to Get Along

Teaching Your Preschooler to Get Along Q-tip You can cut down on violence toward other children by appealing to your child's growing sociability. Your three-year-old wants to get along with others, to make friends, have fun, and learn with other children. The importance of maintaining friendships with other children should increase your child's willingness to accept suggested solutions to conflict. read more

Teaching Your Toddler to Share

Teaching Your Toddler to Share Your toddler's language development advances the formation of empathy and first friendships. During the second half of the third year, language becomes more and more of a social tool. read more

The Body and Soul of a Preschooler

The Body and Soul of a Preschooler Q-tip Remember that your child will look to you as a model of how to express emotions. So make a point of expressing your own emotions honestly. read more

The Importance of Preschool

Socialization is probably the single greatest developmental benefit to be gained from a good preschool experience. read more

The Terrible Twos: A Part of Emotional Development

The Terrible Twos: A Part of Emotional Development Why are they called the "terrible twos"? Probably because of the way two-year-olds express their emotions. Feelings are raw and powerful at age two. Most toddlers put their emotions right out there where you can see them clearly. read more

When Parents Feel Separation Anxiety

When Parents Feel Separation Anxiety by Maya CohenSeparation anxiety isn't just for kids. A lot of parents feel acutely nervous when their child begins school or leaves for summer camp. You may worry about your child's adjustment, or just miss spending time with him. While this is completely normal, there are ways you can alleviate your stress when your child flies the coop. read more