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.

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36 Questions to Ask Toddlers to Get Them Talking

Learn about your little one and deepen your connection with fun conversations by asking these silly, insightful, and thoughtful questions.

14 Ways to Build Your Child's Social Skills From Home

While replicating social skills learning without the help of classmates and peers may seem tricky, these easy activities focused on listening, interacting, and storytelling will keep your kids socially engaged all day long even at home.

Seeing My Postpartum Body Through My Toddler's Eyes Boosted My Self-Esteem

My 2-year-old daughter's innocent, healthy self-image helped me re-adjust the way I think about myself all because of one endearing gesture. 

I Hate Playdates, Here's Why I Set Them Up Anyway

Playdates can definitely suck. From making small talk with other moms to obsessing about germs, I'm not the only mama who dreads these seemingly-mandatory social interactions. Still, is it wise to avoid playdates all together? Experts weigh in.

Boys vs. Girls: How to Tailor Your Parenting Techniques

They interpret what you say—as well as your tone, volume, and body language—very differently. Here are my favorite psychologist strategies for encouraging any child to listen and open up. 

4 Ways to Comfort Your Child Without Words

When your kid is sad, lonely, or discouraged, you’ll search for exactly the right thing to say. Sometimes, a gesture like warming him up (literally!) is the best way to make him feel loved and protected.

More Social Development

Your Toddler's Possessive Phase, Explained

This possessive phase may be challenging, but it can give you insight into your toddler’s growing mind.

This Family Donned Helmets to Support Their Son

When her baby brother had to wear a special helmet to treat flat-head syndrome, one big sister rallied her family in a unique show of support.

Mom's Video Nails How Terrible Kids Are at Telling Jokes

If you've ever sat through a "joke" told by a child under the age of 7, you'll definitely relate to this mom's rant about their knock-knock jokes.