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 Six-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
Crayon Resist Garden Painting
Using crayons and food coloring, your child can talk about plants and their parts while creating his own garden in the crayon resist style of painting.
Tackle Fears Through Art
Talking about fears and acting out solutions through role-play can help your child feel less afraid.
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
Grover's Winter Games
Grover is attending the winter games. Using numbers, patterns and colors to solve problems, your child can watch the athletes in their skiing, snowboarding and ice skating competitions.
"It's Okay to Make Mistakes" Strategy Song
A song that reminds us that everyone makes mistakes sometimes.
Play Pretend: Restaurant
Young children often like to play pretend about real-life occupations. Together with your child, set up a pretend restaurant and act out the roles of customer, waitstaff, and cook.
Practice Being a Good Friend with Arthur
Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities