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 2: Some Helpful Rules

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
How to Ask Your Child About Their Day

Our Top 10 favorite conversation starters can give you insight into what matters to your child, and deepen your connection...

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
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
“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
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
*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
*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
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’s helpful to...

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 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
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
What is Mindfulness and How is it Helpful?

Mindfulness…for kids? Yes, indeed! How can you help your child practice it naturally? Tune in….

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
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 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
Sibling Love
How to Handle Sibling Fights (When You Have Time)

Siblings fight. They fight over people, things, physical spaces and so much more. They use their words and their bodies...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
3 Things to Say to Immediately Stop a (Sibling) Fight

Get unflustered in the heat of the moment? Three phrases you can use to stop a fight. Kids are often...

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
10 Activities to Encourage Sibling Bonding

Siblings fight – it happens. But sometimes, stepping outside of the normal realm of toys and games can help kids...

Ages
4-5,
5-6

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