Watching your child discover and navigate friendship, as magical and wonderful as it sounds, can sometimes be a painful and terrifying experience, as almost any parent—while clutching his or her heart—can attest. Because as much as we all want our kids to make friends, and.... read more
Belonging to a group is incredibly important to the emotional development of our children. As adults, it is not too hard to find where we fit in. We have years of experience accommodating a variety of personalities and have the self-confidence to walk away from relationships t.... read more
We accumulate a lot of things as life goes on. Snow gear comes to mind, on this snowy Thanksgiving in the Northeast. When one goes looking for snow gear in grandmother's closets, one finds generations of mittens going back at least four decades. Friends also come to mind aroun.... read more
Here's how we feel about playdates: When they are good, they are very very good. When they are bad they are horrid.You know what we mean, right?A great playdate sparks such energy and delight in our little ones. They get swept into imaginative play, try on every costume in t.... read more
My children's school has a rule (or rather a strongly worded "guideline") about birthday parties in elementary school. Either you have a very small party for your child (five kids or less), or you must invite the entire class. In an urban setting, this poses practical problems.... read more
Your three-year-old daughter comes home every day from preschool complaining that "nobody plays with me." Or you notice that other children seem to have lots of after-school play dates, but your child receives few invitations. Maybe you've become concerned because your chil.... read more
There's nothing like a buddy. A sidekick, a pal, a bff, a chum, a soul mate, a foil, a fellow traveler: they're the best, and the feeling is mutual. Kids understand this early on. As soon as children begin to discover their peers, parents quickly lose their place as preferr.... read more
One of the greatest wonders of the preschool years is watching our children develop their very first friendships. From babies who are overwhelmingly focused on their nearest and dearest caregivers, they become social creatures with playmates all their own.For a developmental p.... read more
One of the most important things a child can learn during these crucial preschool years is how to get along with many different kinds of people. With every new playmate at the park or the beach, at school or in the neighborhood, the little ones gain confidence in their ability.... read more
In our musings on the various facets of preschooler friendships, have we perhaps failed to mention one of the most significant friends in your child's life? We're talking about your darling's imaginary friend (or friends). The one she's actually talking to when she seems to b.... read more
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