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Kindergarten: Social and Emotional Articles

According to the School Psychologist: Kindergarten

According to the School Psychologist: Kindergarten

Expert advice from a school psychologist on how parents can better understand their kindergartener.

Power Struggles with Your Kindergartener: How to Curb Dishonesty

Power Struggles with Your Kindergartener: How to Curb Dishonesty

Parents (mothers, especially) are infamously good at knowing when their child is lying. Despite your intuition, it can still hurt to be right. Clinical psychologist Erik Fisher says understanding why your child lies can help take the sting out. Plus, it's important to your child's development: if ...

How to Talk to Your Kindergartener

How to Talk to Your Kindergartener

Sometimes, it's necessary to send your kid a verbal stop sign. When you need them to stop hitting, tattling, putting someone down, or using inappropriate language, you can communicate that desire by using parent talk that is clear, direct, and effective.

Why Good Friendships Matter

Why Good Friendships Matter

Every parent of a teenager understands the relevance of appropriate friends. But what about young children?

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance

With their wide-eyed curiosity and innate sense of justice, children are not born prejudiced. Most experts agree that while children are curious about difference, they learn prejudice from others.

Peer to Peer Problems and Playground Politics

Peer to Peer Problems and Playground Politics

While it's heartbreaking to see your kindergarten kid distraught over one of his first friendship dilemmas, it's not all bad. Teaching kids early how to deal with conflict, sets them up for less bumps on the road ahead.

Get Set for School With These Kindergarten Books!

Get Set for School With These Kindergarten Books!

Kindergarten is a big transition. And it can be hard, especially in the beginning. Getting a child geared up for kindergarten before they cross the threshold, paves the way for a successful year. But how can you do it, especially when your own heart is pounding in your chest?

Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten

Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten

When your kindergartener's best friend came down with the chicken pox, she made a get-well card for her with bright blue construction paper, because she knows that's her favorite color. This isn't just a cute gesture, it's a sign that your child is starting to understand the concept of empathy.

How to Talk About Safety with a Kindergartener

How to Talk About Safety with a Kindergartener

As a caring parent, you strive to be a good protector and teacher. You walk a thin line between exposing your children to life's possibilities and protecting them from life's burdens. When your child is between the ages of 5 and 9, your job is to empower him to be both careful and confident. That ...

When Twins Start School: Separate or Together?

When Twins Start School: Separate or Together?

With the first day of kindergarten right around the corner, you're feeling uncertain. Should you separate your twins and send them to different classrooms? Or keep them together under one roof?