Committee for Children Blog
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Welcoming a New Neighbor—Activity

Learning how to welcome new people to the neighborhood is fun and easy with this game for preschoolers and their families.

Age 3-5—In this game adapted from the Second Step: Social-Emotional Skills for Early Learning Program, you can help your child practice the skill of welcoming someone new.… Read More


Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Is giving thanks something we can do on a daily basis with and around our children? Absolutely! CFC's parenting blogger Melissa Benaroya walks us through just how to do it.

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Cultivating Character

Can character traits be cultivated through social-emotional learning? Melissa Benaroya walks us through specific ways to support and nurture the character traits you may want to see in your children. 

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Why Don’t Kids Report Bullying?

Five Reasons Why and What Adults Can Do About It

There’s good evidence that young people often don’t report bullying to adults. Children are adept at hiding bullying-related behaviors and the unequal “shadow” power dynamics that can exist among them. Because of this secrecy, adults underestimate the seriousness and extent of bullying at their schools.

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Teachable Moments: The 2016 Presidential Election

The election process presents parents with a plethora of unique opportunities to teach core social-emotional learning (SEL) skills, such as empathy, emotion management, and social problem-solving while addressing topics such as accepting differences, dealing with gossip, bullying, and name-calling. Blogger Melissa Benaroya discusses.

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