The Better Kids Blog

Knowing Who to Let In and When to Evacuate the House

No matter what your situation is there are going to be times when your teen and even preteen ch..

Getting Bullies to Stay Away

As a parent, there is nothing more agonizing than knowing your child is suffering from the emot..

Help, I’m Being Bullied!

One of the most difficult challenges we can face as a parent is to help our child develop the a..

Bully This

Safety is a topic high on every parent’s priority list. We all worry about the safety of our ..

The Bully Cycle: Who is Responsible for Keeping Us All Safe?

Bullying is a complex event. Since my undergraduate work was in sociology, I usually look at sy..

How to Get Your Kids to Call When They Need Help

There are a host of issues that can be addressed under the topic of date safety. I want to addr..

Avoiding Peer Pressure

Do you worry that your child might be saying “yes” when he or she should be saying “no?" ..

The ABCs of Social Skills

Learning how to get along with other people, developing what we call social skills, is necessar..

Praise First, Correct Next

Here’s a common mistake that teachers and parents make in their desire to help children do th..

Private Play That Can Prevent Public Misbehavior

Does your kid ever act-out in public? Does he or she have a special need, learning disability, ..

Why It Hurts to Be Shy

Children who are quiet and unassertive find it difficult to interact with both peers and adults..

Fear of Failure

Is your child hesitant to try new things? Children can view new experiences as exciting challe..