Parents’ Hopes for Confident, Happy Kids are Realized through Social and Emotional Skills

New Research Supports the Essential Connections between Parenting and Social and Emotional Learning “What are your hopes for your child?” we asked nearly one hundred parents who also happen to work in the field of social and emotional learning in schools. They… Read More

How Children May Perceive Loss and Death at Various Ages and Stages

And Ways We Can Support Them… On The Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos, it seems appropriate to think about children’s understanding of one of life’s greatest mysteries at their various ages and stages. Vrrrwow… the sound of… Read More

Helping Our Children Deal with their Fears

It’s flu shot day. I have a feeling that today will go smoothly. But two years ago, it didn’t. And I notice a sense of dread creep up on me like a zombie in a haunted mansion. A few years back, E… Read More

On Thrive Global… 4 Ways to Talk with your Kids about their Celebrity Influencers

You-Tubers, E-Gamers, Reality-TV Stars and Athletes Check out the latest Confident Parents, Confident Kids’ post on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. It begins… “Adam just caught the most gigantic bass, Mom,” my son exclaims as if Adam is a neighbor, a school friend,… Read More

Promoting Children’s Perspective-taking and Empathy through Halloween

The pirate, construction worker, fireman, train conductor, doctor, ghost and Dark Lord Vader have all made guest appearances in our house over the past weeks in hot anticipation of Halloween. Though fear may abound with kids worrying about spooky specters and parents… Read More

Spooky and Skill-Building Halloween Party Cooperative Games

Planning a Classroom Party or a Friend Party at Home? Perhaps you volunteer in your child’s classroom as I do and are helping plan the annual Halloween party. Maybe you are a teacher looking for ways to both entertain, celebrate, and build… Read More

Preparing Children to Stand Up for Themselves and Others

It seems impossible to get through voluntary playground duty without witnessing a child running with tears streaming down his or her face at recess time. This day was typical with one glaring exception. Walking up alongside the teary-eyed child, I spotted an… Read More

Happy World Teachers’ Day!

Did you know that many U.S. kids say they admire and respect their teachers? The Highlights State of the Kid Survey heard from 2,000 U.S. children, ages 6-12. Many said their teachers serve as role models for them because they are caring, kind, and… Read More

Who Do Kids Admire? What Do They Worry About? And What Superpower Would They Choose?

It has been my great joy and honor to partner with Highlights for Children this week to launch the results of their 2018 State of the Kid Survey. This year, they polled 2,000 U.S. children, ages 6-12, and asked questions like “What… Read More

Highlights State of the Kid Survey Announcement Today at 1:00 p.m. EST

Visit the Highlights for Children Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today to learn about what 2,000 U.S. children said about who they admire and respect, what they worry about, and whether they feel empowered to take action when they see… Read More