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Here are five ways to get started fostering the important skill of sharing in your preschooler.
Toys come in all shapes and sizes, and range from simple classics like dollhouses and toy trucks to complex products designed to engage, amuse, and distract. But when faced with a toystore full of options, how's a parent to choose? Take a look at these five toys that stand the test of time.
'Does not play well with others.' Parents fear hearing this from a teacher. We all want our kids to grow up with a good circle of friends, and playing is key for young children. The good news is that almost all kids struggle to play with others as they negotiate the balance between their desires and that of others. It's normal. And as a parent, you can do plenty of things to help your child learn to play well with others. Check out these tips and your social butterfly will grow his wings in no time!
'Bang, bang! You're dead!' Whether it's fake sword fighting, pretend gunplay, or a superhero scene recreated, parents may cringe at the idea of make-believe violence where kids pretend to kill each other. But there's more to pretend play than meets the eye, which is part of the reason you can't stop kids from doing it. Learn what pretend play means to children, and find out when you should step in.
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 expert ideas from a child psychologist for helping your preschooler play with others.
For an increasing number of children, play just isn't taking place, and the consequences for child development may be severe.
Got mom friends? New parents often need new friends: parent friends. Keeping your old friends can be hard enough. Parents find themselves stuck between fun nights out and staying in to care for their kids. Not only that, but parents like having friends who have something in common. Who else really understands the joys and difficulties of being a parent? Read on to learn where to find mom friends and how to keep them.
Superhero play may be banned in some schools, but it's ever-present in most every other school. Read what one doctor has to say about superhero play!
Has your child been bitten by the 'mine' monster?  Here are expert parenting tips on how to teach sharing.
Got a sibling rivalry brewing at home? This article reveals the five most common reason your kids fight with each and what you can do about it.
Every kid has one at some point: the annoying friend. You had one when you were a kid, and your kid probably has one now. Of course, you probably didn't even realize how annoying your annoying childhood friend was until you dealt with it from a parent's perspective. If you're not only annoyed, but also worried about the bad influence this friend could have on your pride and joy, it's time to take action. Read through to learn how to deal with the bad seed of your child's social life ... for everyone's sake.
It's often hard to find time to play with our kids. But doing so may just be  the best investment parents can make in their children's future.
Rough and tumble play helps children learn about their bodies and the world, and prepares them for learning. But how much is too much?
Concrete play is any kind of tangible, hands-on play where your child uses his body or hands to manipulate things.  A guide to why it's so important.
Parenting is tough work. What should you expect from a teenager in terms of manners? Here's what's reasonable for a high schooler, and how to teach it.
Most experts agree that while children are curious about difference, they learn prejudice from others.  Here are some parenting tips to help promote tolerance.
Are you troubled by your child's omnipresent invisible companion?  Rest assured, experts agree imaginary friends are a normal, healthy part of childhood.
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