Social Skills

Support your child to develop the necessary social skills to communicate, cooperate, self-advocate and respect the people around them.

Engaging in Play Social Interactions Managing Conflict Sibling Love
Engaging in Play
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?

Simply saying “Share!” holds little meaning for children. Young children are egocentric and concrete thinkers. Their experience of the world...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?
Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules

Conflict is natural for preschoolers who are just learning about peers and group settings – it is expected, healthy and...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules
Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Teach Empathy

“Empathy is when you’re able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.” -Mark Ruffalo, Sesame Street

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Teach Empathy
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Reward Empathy – Be a Real Superhero!

A classroom favorite for cultivating empathy, kindness, community membership and awareness of others. What’s a real superhero? Someone who helps...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Reward Empathy – Be a Real Superhero!
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Gun Play – Understand the Myths and Realities

As parents and teachers of young children, we encounter ‘power play’ in a variety of ways – some children like...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Gun Play – Understand the Myths and Realities
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Social Interactions
How to Teach 3 Key Social Skills

While some children inherently understand how to socially interact with others and are comfortable with basic social skills, others need more...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Teach 3 Key Social Skills
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Common Manners by Age

We teachers have the good fortune of learning and playing with a wide range of children in class and are...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Common Manners by Age
Ages
3-4,
4-5
What to Say and Do When Your Child Interrupts

Learn why children interrupt, what to say in the moment and strategies for modeling patterns of communication. (It is hard...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
What to Say and Do When Your Child Interrupts
Ages
3-4,
4-5
FAQs When Your Child Interrupts

Your questions, our answers. Learn how to handle common scenarios when a child interrupts. From raising hands, to when to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
FAQs When Your Child Interrupts
Ages
3-4,
4-5
Social Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 1: Why It Happens

Watching a child turn to you crying for the first time because “A friend said ‘I can’t play’”, is a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Social Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 1: Why It Happens
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Social Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 2: Do Something About It

Social exclusion is a main theme in a child’s development and there are many reasons why it happens. Empower your child to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Social Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 2: Do Something About It
Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Support Self-Image and Self-Confidence

When your child starts demonstrating behaviors that show they are trying to ‘fit in’ or wants to ‘belong to a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Support Self-Image and Self-Confidence
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Tattling vs. Telling

Tattling is very common but it can be shaped by our responses to their tattling. Teach your child this simple rhyme to work...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Tattling vs. Telling
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Ask Your Child About Their Day

Go beyond “How was your day?” Our Top 10 favorite conversation starters can give you insight into what matters to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Ask Your Child About Their Day
Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Create Family Agreements

Try having ‘Family Agreements’ instead of having ‘rules’. Family Agreements can be powerful yet simple tools for encouraging baseline behavioral...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Create Family Agreements
Ages
4-5,
5-6
10 Characteristics of a ‘Good’ Friend

Teach your child a strong Friend Skill Set that can help them establish healthy, happy friendships and that will support...

Ages
6-7,
7-8
10 Characteristics of a ‘Good’ Friend
Ages
6-7,
7-8
How to Teach Your Child to Be a ‘Good’ Friend

Strategies, tools and scripts for teaching your child how to practice being a ‘good’ friend.

Ages
6-7,
7-8
How to Teach Your Child to Be a ‘Good’ Friend
Ages
6-7,
7-8
Managing Conflict
Go-To Parenting Scripts – How to Respond to Your Child

Learn how to respond to your child’s challenging behavior or big emotions with empathy. Use our go-to parenting scripts for...

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Go-To Parenting Scripts – How to Respond to Your Child
Ages
5-6,
6-7
“I” Messages – A Helpful Technique for Conflict Resolution

Empower your child with a valuable life skill – teach them how to express their emotions and desires during conflict.

Ages
5-6,
6-7
“I” Messages – A Helpful Technique for Conflict Resolution
Ages
5-6,
6-7
Wheel of Choices – Resolve Social Conflict Independently

Help your child learn how to resolve a social conflict on their own with this framework – Wheel of Choices.

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Wheel of Choices – Resolve Social Conflict Independently
Ages
5-6,
6-7
*THINK* – Be Powerful with Your Words

Teach your child to *THINK* before they speak. A helpful mnemonic to remind your child that words are powerful. 

Ages
5-6,
6-7
*THINK* – Be Powerful with Your Words
Ages
5-6,
6-7
*STOP!* An Easy Technique for Impulse Control

Empower your child to manage their emotions and regain control in heated situations with *STOP!*

Ages
5-6,
6-7
*STOP!* An Easy Technique for Impulse Control
Ages
5-6,
6-7
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning

Including children in their own learning process about how to self-regulate is empowering and long-lasting. Here’s how it is helpful...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 3: Recover from a Meltdown

Make a Cozy Corner or Helper Green Basket to help your child recover from an emotional meltdown – proven techniques...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 3: Recover from a Meltdown
Ages
4-5,
5-6
A Simple Exercise to Calm and Re-Center Your Child

A breathing exercise to help your child move through the rocky moments in their day. Easy to do, easy to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
A Simple Exercise to Calm and Re-Center Your Child
Ages
4-5,
5-6
What is Mindfulness and How is It Helpful?

Mindfulness…for kids? Yes, indeed! Here’s how you can help your child infuse it naturally into their daily routine.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
What is Mindfulness and How is It Helpful?
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Take a Mindful Minute

Help your child to control their thoughts by making Mindful Minutes a routine. Your step-by-step guide on why, how and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Take a Mindful Minute
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens

At around age 4, you may see all sorts of dramatic language changes – talking back, harsh tones of voice,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!

It’s normal to hear your child experimenting with dramatic language at around age 4 (e.g., talking back, harsh tones of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Raise an Upstander – Part 1: Why It Matters

The importance of being an upstander and the skills a child should learn to stand up and speak up for...

Ages
6-7,
7-8
Raise an Upstander – Part 1: Why It Matters
Ages
6-7,
7-8
Raise an Upstander – Part 2: Guiding Principles

Core concepts your child should know when being an upstander and how to practice them at home among daily routines.

Ages
6-7,
7-8
Raise an Upstander – Part 2: Guiding Principles
Ages
6-7,
7-8
Raise an Upstander – Part 3: What Your Child Could Say In-The-Moment

Is your child able and ready to say/do the upstanding thing? Help your child know what to say in-the-moment when...

Ages
6-7,
7-8
Raise an Upstander – Part 3: What Your Child Could Say In-The-Moment
Ages
6-7,
7-8
Sibling Love
How to Handle Sibling Fights (When You Have Time)

Sibling fighting and rivalry is normal and, in most cases, healthy. Learn how to resolve sibling conflict in 5 simple...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
How to Handle Sibling Fights (When You Have Time)
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
3 Things to Say to Immediately Stop a (Sibling) Fight

Get flustered in the heat of the moment when your children fight? Use these three key phrases to stop sibling...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
3 Things to Say to Immediately Stop a (Sibling) Fight
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Sibling Love – Make It Happen with a Sibling Love Jar

We can’t end sibling fighting nor force our children to get along, but we can help them recall happy moments...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Sibling Love – Make It Happen with a Sibling Love Jar
Ages
4-5,
5-6
10 Activities to Encourage Sibling Bonding

Siblings fight – it is normal and expected, and you can handle it. But sometimes, stepping outside of the normal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
10 Activities to Encourage Sibling Bonding
Ages
4-5,
5-6
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