Research-based ideas for parents to connect and support your kids' development

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Don't deny your child the benefits of chores

Chores often fall off the bottom of modern kids' to-do lists, but they are actually hugely beneficial for kids and families.

What's the best way to navigate rules at school?

Your child isn't going to gel with every teacher, but they can learn important social lessons about how to navigate a system and deal with authority figures.

How's your child fitting in with peers?

At this age, fitting into a peer group is more important than ever. Find out how to support your kiddo in reconnecting with friends and finding their place socially.

Always repair ruptures

All relationships experience ebbs and flows in connections, and at times, emotionally distressing ruptures. Practice relationship repair with your kiddo, to keep your connection in great shape.

Encouraging acts of Kindness & Love

There is so much emphasis on being loved in our culture, that we often forget about the power of doing loving acts – and that being loving and kind is often the best way to feel love.

Help your child bring their values to life

Knowing and acting upon our values is good for us in many ways. Empower your kiddo by helping them bring one of their values to life.

Connect with your kids on vacation

For many parents, school vacations feel like a time to "get through." But it is possible to truly appreciate the long stretches of time with your children, in the moment as they're happening.

The superpower of family stories

The stories you tell – about yourself, your family history, and your kiddo's earlier years – have some amazing super powers over and above other stories.

Mark the summer with family rituals

Rituals can be a way to mark the passage of time and set intentions together as a family. The fun part? You can make up rituals to suit yourselves!

Toward anti-racist parenting

As parents, we are helping to shape the future. To make our country and the world more just and begin to repair the effects of past inequalities, you can start by building anti-racism in your own family.

Get joy by giving to others

Want a great boost in feelings of contentment, competence, and connection? Do a social giving project with your kiddo!

Enhance your family-team dynamics

Borrow from the worlds of work, sports, and summer camps about how to instill a highly functional culture of teamwork in your family.

A growth mindset helps in social relations too

A growth mindset in social relationships helps your child approach interpersonal interactions with more flexibility and resilience.

Talking about the tough stuff

As a parent it's natural to want to shield your child from all the sad and painful realities of the world. But ultimately it's best to make space for difficult conversations with your child.

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