"I suppose Spiderella and I have become friends because we both like to work at night. She sits outside the window; having set up shop in a gorgeous web spun from her own body, and I sit inside, at a desk I got at HomeGoods."
When we talk to children about bullying, we often focus on what not to do. But perhaps one of the most powerful lessons parents can teach their children is how to include others from the beginning -- to look out for those who need a friend and invite them to play.
Today is World Kindness Day and a good reminder that kindness is learned. Here are some ideas for helping children manage their emotions, begin to build empathy, and learn how they can care for others:
The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad comes pre-loaded with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos, along with 100+ hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video App and other apps. It's available now! You can find it here:
Kids who practice empathy are able to recognize what other people are thinking or feeling, then respond with care and compassion. Books and other media resources can be powerful tools to help kids develop these skills. Here's how:
When it comes to casting our votes, we tend to assume that showing up at the polling booth is driven by the issues at stake. But there’s some evidence that voting habits are just that, habits, shaped by the routines of our parents when we're still too young to vote.
The spin-off series will stream on PBS Kids’ YouTube channel, its video app and pbskids.org, with new episodes every week from November 10, 2016 through March 23, 2017. Check out one of the new videos here:
Assertiveness skills play an important role in many situations, from the playground to the classroom to a slumber party, but knowing how to stand up for yourself and others is especially important when it comes to bullying, teasing, peer pressure and other negative behaviors.