• Imaginary Friends

    February 22, 2018

      There is no harm in having an imaginary friend. In fact, research shows that having an imaginary friend is linked to increased creativity later in life, as well as strong verbal skills and a good understanding of social interactions. Imaginary friends serve many important functions. They are trustworthy. All children have secrets and want…Read More

  • Encouraging Friendships

    February 15, 2018

    Friendships are one of the most important and valuable parts of childhood Here are a few ways to help support your child’s friendships… 1. Model that you care. Let your child know that you feel friendships are important and worth the effort. Get to know your child’s friends – remaining involved in your child’s social…Read More

  • Hand-Games and Self-Control

    February 7, 2018

    Check out these videos from Vroom which demonstrate how children can strengthen self-control and build their working memories by engaging in hand games. Learning self-control is essential to achieving long-term goals, as it allows children to take a step back and think about their actions. If we acted on impulses alone we would likely regret…Read More

  • Meltdowns With Preschoolers

    February 1, 2018

    This week’s tip is provided by our friends at  The Mind in the Making team at the Bezos Family Foundation has an unusual view of meltdowns. After years of reviewing the research on the science of learning and brain development, they look beyond just disciplining your children and see meltdowns and other issues like this as…Read More

  • How Shy Is Too Shy?

    January 25, 2018

    This week’s tip is provided by our friends at the Child Mind Institute      It is common for young children to be a little shy sometimes, especially when they are around strangers. Young children might seem withdrawn or anxious in new social situations, but after a brief warm-up period they are able to join…Read More