Social Development

How to Raise a… Community-Minded Child

While most of us associate “community” with adult activities (such as volunteering), parents absolutely can begin instilling community-mindedness in their young children—even as young as two or three! Luckily, most young children are eager to learn about their world, and you are their very best guide. Plus, introducing children to our communities builds a sense

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The True Meaning of Thank You: How to Teach Heartfelt Manners to Your Kids

Parents beam when their children remember to say thank you or excuse themselves before interrupting an adult conversation. At our learning centers, our teachers often use thank you to confirm positive behaviors. Manners are more than teaching kids how to use polite language. Respect, kindness, and consideration are the core values of good manners—precisely the values that help

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Playdate Etiquette: The Quick Guide for Hosts

Playdates are a standard part of American parenting with good reasons: They build supportive communities of caring adults, boost kids’ social skills, and help toddlers and young children bond with people outside of the family. Plus, kids love ‘em. Here’s how to host a successful play date with aplomb. Share your ideas for great  playdates in

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