Strong friendships and family relationships are the source of some of life's greatest joys and provide us with support during life's challenges. Young children are often social from the start of life. They observe how people interact with them. They pay close attention to parents' facial expressions and tone of voice. And they develop appropriate behavior based on what they see. Parents can harness this innate ability, teaching children how to form strong and healthy relationships with empathy and problem-solving skills.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Three-Year-Old's Social Development
Empathy is a skill — one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. Empathy means that we can imagine how someone else is thinking or feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: "Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count."Learn More
A Day at the Beach
Come along to the beach with Devin and his mom! Devin remembers all the ways to stay safe.
The Lights Went Out!
When the lights go out, Daniel and his friends have a picnic dinner in the dark.
Boomy, Boomy, Boomy, Boom, Boom
Peg + Cat's friend has trouble while learning to use the toilet. This video clip uses counting to teach kids who are potty training the steps.
Good friends provide us with vital social and emotional support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend — practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. As Fred Rogers said, "One of life’s greatest joys is the comfortable give and take of a good friendship. It’s a wonderful feeling not only to have a friend, but to know how to be a friend yourself."Learn More
Butterfly Hide and Seek
The kids see all kinds of creatures while they look for Dan the Butterfly's siblings.
Otto's Soundcheck Room
One of the Odd Squad agents makes a prediction about which restaurant the missing band member would be located in.
Practice Being a Good Friend with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn key social skills using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activitiesdan