Every parent has experienced a child's tantrums and meltdowns. These often come at inconvenient times and places, and they remind us that young children are still learning how to understand and regulate their emotions. Just like adults, kids experience a full range of "big feelings,” including anger, fear, happiness, sadness, excitement and frustration. They need our guidance as they develop strategies for calming down, controlling impulses and focusing.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Eight-Year-Old's Emotional Development
Make a Miniature Garden
Creating a miniature garden can help your child learn about seeds and plant growth and provide the opportunity for your child to take responsibility for caring for a household plant.
Emotions influence behavior. Part of growing up is learning how to manage our emotions and exercise self-control so that we can treat ourselves and others with respect. Sometimes that means resisting what we want to do in the moment (such as throw something when we are mad) to make a more thoughtful choice. When kids experience stressful and emotional situations, self-regulation strategies can help them calm down and make good decisions.Learn More
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.
Have a Brachiosaurus Picnic
You and your child can host a brachiosaurus picnic by putting together dinosaur themed recipes and playing dinosaur themed picnic games.
Self-confidence grows as children learn new skills and become increasingly independent. It's the feeling associated with the phrase, "I can do it!" From taking their first steps to learning how to read, children gain self-confidence as they master new skills. This gives them the courage to continue to explore and expand their abilities.Learn More
Trip Your Way to Victory
Peg, Cat, the President, and Vice President sing about taking risks and making mistakes.
Ghost or No Ghost?
Agent Olly sees a ghost in Headquarters! Is she right, or could it be something else?
Help Your Child Manage Emotions 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