When does friendship begin to matter for toddlers and preschoolers? Learn when and how little ones make friends and how you can support these budding relationships. Here you'll find everything you need to know about parallel play, planning play dates, and managing arguments.

The Return of Respect!

Oh, baby, it's a rude world -- which is why it's more important than ever that we teach our kids this classic value.

The Ups and Downs of Toddler Relationships

Even the youngest kids forge bonds and share interests.

Your Complete Guide to Playdates

Kids like to hang out with their pals. Parents need a break. Hello, playdates! If things go well, they can be a blast for everyone. They're also one of the key ways your child learns how to get along with others. For both hosts and guests, get your protocol down pat.

3 Ways to Raise a Caring Toddler

Your child is learning to read other people's feelings. Teach her the right way to respond.

8 Tips to Teach Sharing

Do your playdates dissolve into nasty battles over every toy in the room? Then it's time for you to teach your child this important life lesson.

Pretend Friends

Preschoolers' imaginary pals may be invisible, but experts say they have some clear benefits.

Encourage Your Child to Play Alone

It's time to start encouraging your child to entertain himself, for his sake -- and for yours.

Why Friends Are Important

Good pals can do great things for your child. Give her the tools to build her social network.

Raising an Only Child

Parenting just one has its own joys and difficulties.

Adjusting to Being an Older Sibling

Congratulations! You're the mom of a bouncing new baby... and a cranky, confused, and jealous toddler. Here, ways to smooth your little one's transition from only child to big brother or sister.

School Anxiety

Learn why so many children are nervous about going to school -- and what you can do to help.

First Friends: Toddlers and Stuffed Animals

Toddlers get attached to dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals -- and with good reason. These toys teach them important skills.

Plan a Great Playdate

Ten things you need to know to keep everybody happy.

Nurturing Her Ability to Play Alone

Encouraging your child's ability to entertain himself is a lifelong gift.

First Playdates

Toddlers don't always play well together. But with just a little planning, you can keep the peace.

Beyond Parallel Play

Your 1-year-old wants to connect with other kids. She just needs your help doing it.

Perfect Playdate Planning in 6 Steps

By the age of 2, most children are ready and eager for some regular play time with others their age. Here some easy steps to maximize your child's playdate.

How to Get Kids to Share

Teaching this valuable skill will ease playtime tension.

7 Tips for Raising a Younger Sibling

Younger brothers and sisters often feel like they'll never measure up to the big kids. Here's how to let your littlest one shine.

Playing With Other Kids

Learning social skills takes time and practice. We tell you what to expect as your 1-year-old starts to play with other children.

Ever Wonder What Your Child's Imaginary Friend Looks Like? Then You Have to See These Photos

Two moms and artists create stunning photos featuring the creatures of their children's imagination.

Playdate Makeovers

If you know your child's play personality, you can help her get along with her pals -- and always get invited back during playdates.

How to Make Playdates a Success

Every child benefits for socializing with other children. Here's how you can help maximize your child's playtime fun.