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
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
Tattling vs. Telling
Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
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 to 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 to 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 steps....

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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