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.

Mom's Viral Message: My Child Is Not Required to Share With Yours

For this mama, it's about teaching her son to have boundaries, not to share with everyone he meets. Do you agree or disagree?

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.

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.

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.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Dos and don'ts for raising a confident kid.

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!

Social Development Milestones: Ages 1 to 4

Not sure if your child is on the right track for developing social skills? Be on the lookout for these indicators.

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.

Science Explains Why Toddlers Don't Care About You or Anyone Else

Unfortunately, kids' ability to give a fig about anyone except themselves doesn't develop until a little later than we'd like.

What's Your Toddler's Personality Type?

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

Understanding Your Child's Personality

Shy, exuberant, intense, or laid-back--what kind of child do you have, and where did these traits come from? By figuring out your child's temperament, you can better understand what he's all about.

Helping Baby Kick the Bottle

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

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.

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.

3 Ways to Raise a Caring Toddler

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

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.

2-Year-Old Wins the Internet With Awesome Response to Cashier Who Questioned Her Choice of Doll

All hail little Sophia, who totally gets that people are more alike than different.

Best Toddler Classes

Help your child develop his intellectual, physical, social, and emotional skills by enrolling him in a toddler learning class.

Saying Goodbye: Talking to Kids About Death

Death is very difficult for young children to understand, and it can be tough for parents to explain. The best advice: Keep your answers as short and simple as possible, and use these responses as a model.

Routines Matter: 4 Ways to Set a Smart Toddler Schedule

Tired of always doing the same old, same old? Your toddler's not!

5 Qualities to Nurture in Your Child

Learn the essential traits of happy and successful children.

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.

This Toddler Who Won't Leave Her Mom Alone in the Bathroom Is All of Our Lives

Every parent will feel this mom's pain as she fights for a moment for herself in the bathroom.

Going Solo: Independent Play in Toddlers

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