Fostering Emotional Development

Squiggles With Dog

Lessons in Kindness from Rover and Kitty By: Linda Acredolo, Ph.D One of the most important values that parents pass on to their children is empathy—that is, the ability to recognize what other people are feeling AND the willingness to take action to help them feel better—and in general to be kind and helpful to…

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Why Kids Love Animals

Pet Signs

Ever wonder why children, even babies, are so drawn to animals? Even linguists have long been aware of this attraction. Turns out that more than a third of the average baby’s earliest words are names for animals with “cat,” “dog,” “bird,” and “bunny” leading the pack. What’s more, we see a similar trend among signs.…

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