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Young children are all "pre-readers" who pick up clues about reading from their environment. This is great news for parents — you already have everything you need to help your child succeed. Two-year-olds have exploding vocabularies and are eager to explore their world with you. Every time you read to and talk with your two-year-old, you build their early literacy skills. As children's author Emilie Buchwald wrote, "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

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Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.” For a two-year-old, gratitude means learning how and when to say "thank you" to others.

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Good friends provide us with support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend – practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy, and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. Seven-year-olds care a lot about friendship and belonging. They are moving past the “playmate” stage of friendship and begin to form relationships based on mutual interests, support, and trust. At this age, they are very sensitive to social rejection and may become jealous when their friends play with other people.

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