When a parent describes her child as "shy," I usually ask, "So what were you like when you were growing up." 99% of the time, the parent, almost sheepishly, describes herself or the child's father as having been some form shy (painfully shy, horribly shy, debilitatingly shy,.... read more
The first time some of us dropped our little ones off for a preschool day that lasted through lunch, we felt like we'd shipped them off to Swiss boarding school. Lunch! LUNCH! Babies with lunch boxes, that's what they looked like.And then we caught a glimpse of them around th.... read more
There are almost too many aspects of socialization in a preschooler's life to count. Sitting in a chair at dinner, sitting in a circle for story time. Using your inside voice, keeping your hands to yourself. Finding words, especially at the times when emotions are most overwhe.... 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
Learning to share is a lifelong endeavor, and many well-meaning adults still find it difficult on occasion (we know who we are). For young children who are passionate about their play, it’s an especially tough challenge. Who hasn’t heard a parent at the sandbox i.... read more
Preschoolers often feel both anxious and excited about having guests over to their houses. It is important to teach young children how to accept visitors, make them feel welcome and treat them with respect. While all of these learned behaviors take time, patience and repetitio.... read more
As parents, we get a big kick out of coming up with activities, books and toys that are perfectly suited to our child's age and precise moment of development. Ideas that can help us build their confidence, but also stretch their minds and give them that "aha!" feeling of havin.... read more
Every few years we read yet another study confirming how important it is to eat dinner together as a family as often as you can. It renews connections; it enlivens verbal and communication skills; it makes a happy home. But no one -- repeat, no one -- is happy when food is.... read more
As our preschoolers spend more and more time with their friends -- all those playdates and outings and school hours and birthday parties -- they tend to become more and more fascinated with the art of friendship. That must be why stories about best buddies are such sure winne.... read more
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