Social Development

Is your toddler's social development up to snuff? Learn how to improve your child's social development by organizing playdates, teaching him how to share, and more. Plus tips for helping shy kids too.

That's Life: Helping Kids Deal with Disappointment

Disappointment can actually be good for kids -- especially when you teach them how to bounce back.

Taming the Terrible Twos

Understanding your child's defiant behavior is the first step to knowing how to handle it.

Helping Your Toddler Understand Feelings

Help your child understand--and deal with--her changing emotions.

What Should Your Child Do If She Gets Lost?

A child goes missing every 40 seconds, but the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that only around 115 children per year nationwide are kidnapped by strangers and not returned to their families. Nonetheless, losing our children is something many of us keep tucked in the "worst nightmare" file of our brain.

How to Encourage Social and Emotional Development: 18-24 Months

Playdates, games and explaining to your child about his emotions are essential to the social and emotional development of your toddler. Jamie Loehr M.D. and Jen Meyers, authors of "Raising Your Child," provide more activities to enhance your toddler's social and emotional development.

Activities to Encourage Social & Emotional Development:12-18 Months

Jamie Loehr, M.D. and Jen Meyers, authors of "Raising Your Child," say doing these simple activities with your toddler will improve both social and emotional development.

3 Ways to Raise a Caring Toddler

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

Creative Ways to Teach Sharing

It's mine! He can't have it! Give it to me! Sound familiar? We've got some tips to make mastering the art of sharing a lot less stressful for both of you!

Sore Loser: Teach Kids Good Sportsmanship

If your child puts up a fight when he's not in first place, these smart moves will teach him to play fair.

Brave New Child: 8 Smart Ways to Teach Independence, Self-Confidence & Resilience

If you're like me, the notion of "risk-taking" kids conjures up images of broken bones -- or even worse. Yet whether it's a baby tasting a spoonful of strained spinach, a toddler taking her first steps, or a preschooler telling the truth about a mess he's made, all kids need a courageous spirit to adjust to the surefire changes that come along with growing up.

Establishing Toddler Routines

Want your child to stay calm and cooperate? A set schedule could be your secret weapon.

What's Your Toddler's Personality Type?

Identify your child's temperament, then work it to bring out her personal best.

Helping Baby Kick the Bottle

Quick tips to help your toddler say bye-bye to the bottle.

Helping a Shy Child

A surprising number of preschoolers who are chatty and confident at home become clingy in social situations. Here's how 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.

Going Solo: Independent Play in Toddlers

Teach your toddler to play without you -- and raise a more curious, confident, self-reliant kid.

Letting Kids Choose What They Wear

Is your child laying down the law about her clothing choices? Don't let it ruin your mornings!

Managing Your Preschooler's Shyness

He may prefer watching the action instead of joining in, but you can still gently coax him out of his shell.

Teaching Your Child Independence

Sure, their adult years seem like a lifetime away, but it's never too early to teach your child how to stand on his own two feet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Just Changed the Screen-Time Rules Again

Parents has the inside scoop on what you need to know about these new guidelines for babies and young children.

4 Things You Should Know About Gender Stereotypes in Kids' Toys

The importance of gender-neutral toys for boys and girls goes beyond just being politically correct.

Learning to Say "I'm Sorry"

Taking the blame can be tough for kids of all ages. Here's how to teach your child to say "I'm sorry."

Listen Up! 5 Games to Get Your Toddler to Listen

Make it fun for your child to pay attention to directions with these five games.

Raising a Sympathetic Child

Teach your child how to understand other people's feelings.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Dos and don'ts for raising a confident kid.