Making Up Is Hard to Do... For Kids

Children argue with their friends. A lot. What can we, as parents, do to help them learn to resolve conflicts?

Soft Criticism

If we want others to respond constructively to our criticism, we need to be able to give it in a way that decreases their defensiveness. (Hint: It's not just about adding praise!)


"Frenemies" run hot and cold. They can be fun, exciting, and popular, but they’re also risky, because they can ruthlessly turn on their friends. How can you help your child cope?

10 Ways to Help Children Listen Better

"My kid doesn't listen!" is a common parent complaint. The answer to being heard may be to make it easier for our children to listen. Here are some ideas about how to do this.

Time Management for Kids

Understanding time helps kids plan and prioritize--essential executive functioning skills. Here are four questions you can use to support your child’s developing sense of time.

Why Do Girls Gossip?

People are interesting. Gossip makes up about two-thirds of the naturally occurring conversations of adult men and women, so it’s unrealistic to expect kids never to gossip.

Family Traditions

Love notes for our kids are a home-made family tradition and a unique and precious legacy.

Popular Kids

Is your child popular? Does he or she want to be? Do you consider popularity an important goal for kids or teens?

“Fat Letters” Are Cruel to Kids

Do "fat letters" motivate children to lose weight?

Teaching Children to Read Emotions

Reading aloud to children and encouraging them to think about the character's feelings may help children develop empathy and kindness.

Helping Children Who Cry Easily

Kids who cry easily may pay a social cost.

Learning to Be a Good Sport

Many children have trouble coping with winning and losing. They gloat, brag, cry, sulk, or accuse others of cheating. Here are some ways to help kids take competition in stride.

Children's Play Date Guidelines

Simple guidelines to help your child be a good play date host.

What Friends Teach Children

Friends are not only a source of fun; they also help children grow in meaningful ways.

Preventing Mom Meltdowns and Dad Detonations

As much as we love our children, we’ve all had moments of feeling exasperated with them. Here's what you can do when you feel like you're ready to explode.

Chores and Children

Practical ways to get kids to help with housework.

They Call That Dancing?!

High school students no longer dance; they "grind." Is there anything adults can do about it?

Imaginary Friends

Invisible friends represent “bemagination” – something partway between belief and imagination.

Helping Children Feel Safe in an Unsafe World

When tragedy strikes, whether it’s personal or in a news event, children may feel very frightened. Here’s one way you can reassure your child without offering false promises.

Talking With Children About Disaster

Children are magnets for emotion, so they pick up on adults’ fear, sadness, horror, and anger about tragic events in the news, even if they don’t fully understand what’s going on.

How Children Make Friends (part 3)

What your child needs to know about making friends: Moving from friendly to friendship.

How Children Make Friends (part 2)

What your child needs to know about making friends: Like attracts like.

How Children Make Friends (part 1)

What your child needs to know about making friends: First steps to friendship.

Make New Friends But Keep the Old… Or Not

Friendships don’t always last—especially for children. Here are some ways you can help your child cope with the end of a friendship.

Children's Growing Friendships

What is your child's current level of friendship understanding? Here are ages and stages of children's friendships.

Pornography for Tweens, at a Mall Near You!

As soon as my sister-in-law and her 12-year-old daughter entered the Abercrombie and Fitch store, they were faced with a poster-size pornographic image.

Lifting the Burden of Potential

"Potential" is a dangerous word.

Is Your Child Inviting Rejection?

Some children regularly act in ways that make it hard for other kids to accept them. Here are some common off-putting behaviors and alternatives.

Talking with Children About 9/11

When the walls came down on 9/11, many of us felt like our own foundations were shaken. How do we explain the unthinkable to our children?

Back-To-School Worries

The start of a new school year can be both exciting and scary. Here are practical ways to help your child move past back-to-school worries.