Can You Feel Me? Empathy through Roleplay

The generation gap between parents and their children often leaves one thought on the minds of children: You don’t know what it’s like! As adults, it’s easy to forget the trials and tribulations of childhood. This often leads to a disconnection such as the one portrayed in the scenario above. While not seeing eye-to-eye is … Read more

The Optimistic Child

By teaching children skills of optimism, it is possible to “immunize” or safeguard them against episodes of depression. This concept is at the core of The Optimistic Child. The Big Ideas! Pessimistic children are at a much higher risk of becoming depressed than optimistic children. In numerous long-term studies, Seligman and colleagues discovered a link between pessimism or dwelling on the … Read more

Social Skills and School

While school can be a positive social experience for many children, for others it can be a nightmare. School is not only a place where children learn reading, writing and math. It is also a place where they learn to get along with other people and develop social skills. Although students don’t get grades on social tests from their teachers, their peers are constantly giving them “grades” on “social tests” every day.