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Kindergarten marks a year of huge intellectual growth in children. They're learning to read, talk and listen. They're getting better at following rules. Their memories are improving. All these new powers mean new skills for you to master as a parent. Read this slideshow to learn what intellectual milestones your child will pass during kindergarten and what you can do to help.
You may have thought your child was social before, but you haven't seen anything yet! Second grade is the year when children truly become social creatures. They become immersed in their school lives, withdrawing from adults and forming circles of friends. For children, this is very exciting but also comes with some stress. For parents, it means that a whole new set of parenting skills need mastering. Read on to find out what happens in the social lives of second graders and how you can help your kid through this important developmental stage.
In third grade, children are really growing up. They have a couple years of elementary school under their belt, and they're past many basic learning milestones. So what comes next? What can you expect to see from your child this school year? Read this slideshow to find out what's happening in the excited minds of third graders.
There can be right and wrong ways of praising toddlers, and sometimes praise can actually do more harm than good. Here's what parents need to know.
Parents often feel helpless watching their kids struggle to make friends or fit in at school, whether it's because of clumsy social skills, an emotional problem or just bad luck. There's little you as a parent can do to suddenly make other kids like your child. But you can guide her down the right path and put her in positions to succeed socially. Read on to learn some of the keys to improving the social skills of your kid and giving her the best opportunities to meet new friends.
Here are some of the neurological differences you may notice between boys and girls in the years surrounding first grade.
Parents begin nurturing their children's self-esteem at birth, and it ebbs and flows over time. Still, fifth grade is a great stage to focus on self-esteem.
Picture a fourth grader immersed in a book or journal. Was the child you imagined male or female?  You probably saw a girl â and your guess was probably right.
Teens with credit cards are not exactly new, but the credit crisis is. Here are 7 tips for how parents can teach financial responsibility to their children.
Here's a cheat sheet on where your child's writing skills should be at the beginning and end of third grade.
Expert advice from a school psychologist on how parents can better understand their second grader.
If you thought the end of kindergarten meant the end of all the arguments, tantrums, crying, ups, downs and in-betweens, we've got bad news for you. Children in first grade are bound to endure a storm of emotional whirlwinds. Some of it makes sense and some of it doesn't, but how you react can help your child through this stage of life. Check out this slideshow to find out what your first grader will do and what you should do.
How can parents keep kids from cheating in a society that seems to stress winning at any cost? Here's what parents can do.
Read about social-emotional learning (SEL) in school's and its effects on the emotional intelligence of students.
The messages that children are given about beauty begin early in life. Here are some things to help your child feel empowered from the inside out.
Back to school season can be tough for shy children, but parents can take concrete steps to help their shrinking violets to blossom. Here's how.
There's a lot going on for third graders. School's getting tougher, their bodies are growing quickly and they're establishing an identity for themselves. Perhaps their biggest focus, however, is their social life. Their friendships become closer and more complex. They look past the adults in their lives and they look forward to seeing their friends, many of whom may stick around for years to come. It's an exciting time for them. For parents, there's a whole new set of things to know. Read this slideshow to learn about the social development of your third grader.
In a society torn between an emaciated feminine ideal and skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity, how can parents help their daughters accept their bodies?
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