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.
It's time to start encouraging your child to entertain himself, for his sake -- and for yours.
Even the youngest kids forge bonds and share interests.
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.
Parenting just one has its own joys and difficulties.
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.
Preschoolers' imaginary pals may be invisible, but experts say they have some clear benefits.
Oh, baby, it's a rude world -- which is why it's more important than ever that we teach our kids this classic value.
Good pals can do great things for your child. Give her the tools to build her social network.
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.
Learn why so many children are nervous about going to school -- and what you can do to help.
Toddlers get attached to dolls, puppets, and stuffed animals -- and with good reason. These toys teach them important skills.
Ten things you need to know to keep everybody happy.
Encouraging your child's ability to entertain himself is a lifelong gift.
Toddlers don't always play well together. But with just a little planning, you can keep the peace.
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.
Your 1-year-old wants to connect with other kids. She just needs your help doing it.
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.
Teaching this valuable skill will ease playtime tension.
If you know your child's play personality, you can help her get along with her pals -- and always get invited back during playdates.
Learning social skills takes time and practice. We tell you what to expect as your 1-year-old starts to play with other children.
Every child benefits for socializing with other children. Here's how you can help maximize your child's playtime fun.