Expanding Your Child’s Circle of Concern

Children’s brains are hard-wired for empathy. Research suggests that most humans have an innate capacity to step into another person’s shoes and respond to their emotions. The real question, says child psychologist Richard Weissbourd, is not whether kids are kind but to whom. “Almost all kids are kind to somebody and have empathy for somebody,”…

15 Picture Books That Support Children’s Spatial Skills Development

Having strong spatial skills — the ability to understand and mentally manipulate shapes and figures — has been identified by researchers ascharacteristic of those who find success in STEM fields and creative pursuits. Developing those skills can start early through activities and the language that caregivers use with children. Parents can also support young children’s spatial reasoning…

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

The digital landscape of American childhood is in flux, according to surveys: Most children under the age of 8 now have access to mobile devices in their homes. In the last five years, children have spent less time watching television, but more time tapping on tablets and smartphones. And recently the American Academy of Pediatrics…

Help Your Preschooler Get Ready to Read

Watching a child learn to read can feel miraculous. And for good reason: reading is an incredibly complex process that requires children to recognize shapes (letters), match these shapes with their corresponding sounds, combine these sounds into words, and then mentally pair these word with their definitions. Emerging readers must also begin to understand and…