popular topics in social and emotional development

  • 75 Phrases of Encouragement
    Kids
    75 Phrases and Words of Encouragement for Kids of All Ages
    As parents, we all want to help boost our kids' self-esteem and find words and phrases that will motivate, encourage and inspire our children to reach their full potential. These encouraging phrases and inspirational quotes are sure to have a pos...
    Robin Enan
  • Feelings and Emotions
    Kids
    The Ultimate List of Feelings to Help Kids Express Themselves
    This week I am bracing myself as I officially become a toddler mom. Though this week marks my little guy’s first birthday and “official” toddlerhood, I have been seeing the shift over the last few weeks. He cries when we take all of the man...
    Lauren Anderson
  • Kids
    Interacting With People
    Dealing with the Disabled
    Dealing with the Disabled Here are 10 practical tips that will help you avoid feeling socially disabled when dealing with the disabled: Mind Your P's and Q's Remember, everything is relative: Some disabled writers have referred to nondisabled p...
  • Emotional Development During Pandemic
    Coronavirus Resource Center
    How to Help Your Kids' Emotional Development During a Pandemic
    Kids worldwide aren’t just missing out on birthdays and social events, they’re also missing key developmental experiences. With social interactions at an all-time low, kids have less exposure to their friends, teachers, and in some cases, the...
    Robin Glenn
  • building problem solving skills in children
    Social and Emotional Development
    The Importance of Problem Solving and How to Teach it to Kids
    Teach your kids to be brilliant problem solvers so they can shine. We get so lost as parents with all the demands to do more for our children—get better grades, excel at extracurricular activities, have good relationships—that we may be over...
    Tami Green
  • 10 Positive Affirmations
    Kids
    10 Positive Affirmations for Kids + How to Use Them
    As parents and caregivers, we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. Protecting and nurturing their mental health is one incredibly important way to do this. Mental health affects everything from physical health to self esteem and self...
    Charise Rohm Nulsen
  • Family Life
    Father/Daughter Relationships
    Should Father Bathe with Toddler Daughter?
    Read what our expert has to say to a father who has been bathing with his daughter. ...
  • mom talking to crying daughter about emotional literacy
    Kids
    Developing Emotional Literacy in Kids and How to Foster It Over Time
    What is the biggest challenge your family faces? Financial challenges? Getting time together? The distraction of social media? Quarreling? However, you answer that question, there is one root and one path to creating something different. Surpris...
    Dan Newby
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten
    Kindergarten Prep: People Are Different
    Kindergarten Prep: People Are Different Not only do people have different kinds of possessions, they also can look different. As your child heads off to kindergarten,she will most likely meet other children whose skin, hair, or eyes are differen...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: People Have Different Things
    Kindergarten Prep: People Have Different Things Your child already knows that people need food to eat, a home to live in, and clothing to wear. These are the most basic of human needs, but not all people eat the same food, live in the same kinds...
  • mom talking to daughter about difficult subject
    Death and Dying
    12 Children's Books That Help Explain Tragedies and Death
    It can be incredibly difficult to explain tragedy and death to a young child, and to help them cope. Whether your family is facing a personal loss of a family member or friend, or is struggling with the news of a community or national tragedy, ...
  • Three kindergarten boys playing with blocks and cars
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Spending Time With Friends
    Kindergarten Prep: Spending Time With FriendsFriendship is an important part of kindergarten success. Young children need to feel accepted by their peers and have the skills to play cooperatively, productively, and positively with others. What ...
  • Young boy taking picture outside using smartphone camera
    Kids and Cell Phones
    7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
    Raise your hand if your child thinks your phone is just another one of her toys. We all know the feeling! Smartphones can be a great source for educational entertainment for children, but let's face it — curious kids have the uncanny ability to...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Rules of Thumb on Children
    Mobile Apps
    Smart Rules of Thumb for Children's App Use
    It goes without saying that smartphones and apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives. But what about our children's lives? At what age is it okay to let your kids start using smartphones? Which apps are safe and which are not? We...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids
    Social and Emotional Development
    Child Exposes Himself
    A parent wonders if she should be concerned about her son's "perverse nature." ...
  • busysonfallingasleepstudying
    Learning Disabilities and Homework
    8 Disorganization Styles of Struggling Boys
    Why is your child struggling in school? In her book "That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life," author Ana Homayoun identifies eight styles of disorganization and distraction that ...
    Erin Dower
  • School and Learning
    Learning Disabilities and Homework
    5 Essential Tools and Tips for Disorganized Boys
    5 Essential Tools and Tips for Disorganized Boys We recently spoke with Ana Homayoun, the author of the book That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life. She holds a master's degree i...
    Erin Dower
  • Kids
    Social and Emotional Development
    Top 10 Parenting Tips
    Top 10 Parenting Tips Show them you love them -- Fathers in particular can find it difficult to cuddle and kiss their children. However, children need physical comfort from both parents. Let the children see you cuddle each other, too. Maintain...