Social Development

Teaching Young Children About Community

Teaching young children about communities is beneficial for a number of reasons: It helps children recognize the importance of communities and the roles people play within communities It helps create a sense of place, familiarity, and security It helps foster stewardship and the knowledge that along with citizenship comes certain responsibilities It helps children recognize

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Tips From Our Teachers: Discipline, Aggression and Biting

One of the most frequently asked questions from families who tour KinderCare centers is: “How do you handle aggressive behavior and discipline?” I asked Deborah Simmons, Assistant Director at Eastville KinderCare in Belleview, Illinois, for her perspective on the topic based on her experiences and observations in the classroom. Deborah has 26 years of experience working

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“Don’t Talk To Strangers”

By Linda Hassan Anderson, Vice President, Education “Don’t talk to strangers!” As children, most of us heard this “well intended” parental advice. It was as common as “Look both ways before crossing the street” and “Don’t talk with your mouth full.” This is what parents say, right? And yet, the world has changed so significantly

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Weekly Links Roundup and Cute Photo of the Week!

This week, a beautiful and bittersweet back to school post by Girls Gone Child leads my links roundup. Great advice for teaching a child to treat others with respect from Parenthacks. This is such a brilliant idea, from Rookie Moms: make dinner for the next night after dinner. Finally, I missed this last week but

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Enhancing Children’s Self Esteem and Encouraging Social Development

Parents and child care teachers share an important responsibility to help nurture a child’s identity and feelings of accomplishment and value. During early childhood, children are learning to get along with others. Early social skills are important in a child’s overall development as children build a sense of their abilities at a very early age.

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