Elmo and Abby Learn the Meaning of Compromise
Conflicts happen in any relationship. It’s how we resolve difficulties that matter—and that’s an emotional intelligence skill that can be taught.
Social Emotional Skills Subtopics
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Little ones need lots of help from caring adults to grow and thrive. We offer calming strategies on comforting and providing nurturing touch, all of which are required for healthy brain development!
When you help children to understand and express their emotions, you help them grow and thrive.
Making friends is a skill that takes practice. Help children learn how to build strong, healthy relationships with the people around them.
Building Resilience in Children and Families
Give children tools and coping skills to overcome both little and big challenges to help them learn and grow.
Big emotions can be hard for little kids to handle. Tantrums are tough for kids and parents, but there are ways to deal with them to help everyone cope with those difficult moments.
We all want children to think and act with respect and kindness and begin to understand ideas of fairness, equality, and justice. That’s the foundation for a happy, safe future for all our neighborhoods and communities… and, later, for the country and planet!
Talking about kindness is a great way to start building empathy. Putting it into action also requires a little teaching! Here are resources to help.
K Is for Kindness
Join Elmo, Abby, and friends in singing this special song about kindness.
What Is Empathy?
Mark Ruffalo and Murray talk about what the word “Empathy” means.
Print this page and show gratitude for all the things to celebrate.
Come & Play
You can make a new friend by inviting them to play with you.
Showing We Care
Explore ways to show gratitude and appreciation toward loved ones.
Show children that, no matter how different we are, we all share the same big planet.
Bring out your child’s compassion with these helpful tips.
Bullying behavior is a challenge. Here are resources to help you recognize and address it.
Guest Post: Preschool Bullying
Not all aggressive behaviors are acts of bullying.
Bystanders notice bullying and don’t say anything, but upstanders stand up for the child being bullied.
Becoming an “Upstander”
When talking about bullying, you can also introduce the idea of “oops or ouch.”
Learn to recognize the signs of bullying.
When Mean Behavior Becomes Bullying
Learn what to do when your child struggles with bullying.
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Bea’s Block Kindness Adventure Color & Activity Guide
Activities and coloring pages for children that celebrate kindness.
Resolving Hurt Feelings with Rosita and Friends
Misunderstandings and hurt feelings can be opportunities to build friendships and develop important social skills.
Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content, Rosemarie Truglio, PhD, examines bullying as it affects young children, and shares ways to handle—and prevent—it.
Building a Connected Community
Take a course on ways to help children and families get ready for school and life—together!
In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can use our “Little Neighbors” initiative to help children and their families discover their power to make their communities—and the world—a happier, healthier, safer place for everyone.
In our course Caring Communities, you can explore the ways to embed storybooks, printables, videos, and digital games in your work with everyone in your neighborhood.
Roads to Resilience
A course highlighting some of the best assets from topics across SesameWorkshop.org with customized approaches, and tips and tricks on using these resources in your work with caregivers and their children.
Building and Rebuilding Language Skills—and Community!
An article about building children’s language skills by enriching your interactions.
Abby’s Broken Wand
A storybook featuring strategies to help children cope with big feelings.
Discover more resources for parents, caregivers, and providers.
Simple ways to lay the foundation for learning.
Tips for taking care of children’s needs—through the ups, the downs, the big learning moments, and all the little discoveries.
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
Resources to help children celebrate and understand our diverse world.