Using Thinking and Feeling Words with Young Children
Kylie Rymanowicz, Michigan State University Early Childhood Development
Social emotional skills are an important part of early childhood development. When young children learn and practice skills for social emotional health early on, they are better prepared to form close relationships, communicate effectively with others and manage their own emotions.
The Hidden Way That Kids Learn Empathy (and How Parents Can Help)
As parents, I think one of our main goals is to help our children develop an understanding and empathy for other people. If you are the parent of a toddler, you know that instilling this idea of empathy seems an almost impossible task. There’s a good reason for that–it is almost impossible for a toddler. Most of us know that toddlers (under about 4 years of age) simply don’t have the cognitive or social-emotional development skills to understand what other people might be feeling or thinking–a skill known as perspective-taking.
Why Pediatricians are Prescribing Play Time for Kids
When 4-year-old Britton Taunton-Rigby recently got her yearly checkup, her pediatrician wrote a prescription for something he says is important. It reads, "Play Every Day."
New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all pediatricians do the same. The organization says playing with parents and peers is a critical part of a child's healthy development, fundamental for learning life skills and reducing stress.