Plan More Playdates

Kids—especially boys—with strong friendships in kindergarten tend to have fewer behavior problems (in kindergarten and after) than those who don’t have close connections, according to recent research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To keep your little one connected, schedule regular playdates with one or two classmates, suggests study co-author Nancy McElwain, Ph.D. “Children will likely develop stronger friendships if family members model healthy social interactions, conflict resolution and open communication,” McElwain adds.