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Preschool: Social and Emotional Articles

Bowling for Kindergarten

Bowling for Kindergarten

What do 10 pins and a big heavy ball have to do with kindergarten? Quite a lot, actually. Believe it or not, bowling is a sport that touches on many aspects of kindergarten preparedness. Plus, it's fun!

Social Graces: What to Expect in Preschool

Social Graces: What to Expect in Preschool

No doubt there's a lot that goes into preparing your preschooler for that inevitable foray into formal education: the alphabet, counting, raising their hand... Don't forget to throw manners into the mix.

How to Cope with Preschool Nightmares

How to Cope with Preschool Nightmares

Preschool children may be more prone to experiencing nightmares than are older or younger children. Here are expert ideas for helping preschool children who have had a nightmare.

Clinging and Crying: Could It Be Adjustment Stress?

Clinging and Crying: Could It Be Adjustment Stress?

Children's lives are full of stressful situations: moving, divorces and new schools, to name a few. But is all this clinging and crying normal?

Even Preschoolers Sweat the Small Stuff

Even Preschoolers Sweat the Small Stuff

How much stress could a 4-year-old possibly be under, you ask? Well, she may not be worrying about the mortgage, the mother-in-law visit, or how she's going to get that presentation done before 7 a.m. but she may still be dealing with pressure.

Separation Anxiety 101

Separation Anxiety 101

Here are answers to common questions about separation anxiety.

Seven Books to Ease Separation Anxiety

Seven Books to Ease Separation Anxiety

Whether the upcoming school year means back to babysitter or back to school for your children, these books are sure to help ease them into independence.

Preschool Books to Grow With: Using Stories to Teach Sharing

Preschool Books to Grow With: Using Stories to Teach Sharing

During the preschool years, your child is coming to terms with an often difficult task: sharing. For perhaps the first time, they are playing with communal toys. Is it mine or not? It's all very confusing. You can teach them to navigate with a tool that might not have occurred to you...books.

Pushing Your Shy Child

Pushing Your Shy Child

For parents of a shy child, it can be daunting to navigate how to help a child deal with social situations such as playgroups, school, or even being in an unfamiliar environment. But according to Karen Stein, an Early Childhood/Parent Educator in Palo Alto, CA, shyness doesn't have to be a problem.

The Importance of Playdates

The Importance of Playdates

A trip to a friend's house may seem ho-hum compared to a ballet class, but it's just as important. Here's why we can't lose the "playdate."