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How to Help Your Shy Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Perhaps, when you drop off your preschooler at his or her school, it seems as though every child in the group eagerly begins greeting one another and engaging in play – all, that is, except yours. Yours is the shy child.

Maybe you’re shy yourself and so you don’t want your child to struggle to make friends, or maybe you’re the life of the party and so you can’t understand why your little one isn’t more like you. In either case, it’s important to remember that there is nothing wrong with a child – or anyone else for that matter – because he or she is shy. It’s a personality trait, not a problem.

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Topics: preschool, social interaction, preschooler, social behaviors

How to Teach Your Children Empathy and Kindness

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Helping your children develop the social-emotional skills of empathy and kindness are essential to helping them become successful adults. Child development techniques that help children understand how their behavior affects others offer a life-long payback, helping children realize they are not the only person in the world and giving them greater insight into the perspectives of others.

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Topics: children, child development, social interaction, social behaviors

Preschool Teaches Children How to Learn

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 09:43 AM

In a video shown at the Children’s Defense Fund conference in Cincinnati this summer, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke came out strongly in favor of early childhood education. (Click here to hear Mr. Bernanke’s address.) The Fed chief focused on the economic benefits that accrue to children that begin their education at an early age, noting that Head Start and quality childcare and preschool programs not only prepare children to succeed academically, they increase their opportunities for economic success. In the video, Mr. Bernanke mentions a study that found that preschoolers who attended a high-quality day care center were more likely to own their own homes by the time they reached their 40s.

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Topics: learning skills, head start, childcare programs, preschool, social behaviors, Children’s Defense Fund

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