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Faye de Muyshondt

Founder and Author

socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS

Faye de Muyshondt is the founder of socialsklz:-), a nationally and internationally acclaimed program featuring modern-day social and emotional skills workshops. She is the author of the award-winning book socialsklz:-) for SUCCESS (Running Press, 2013) that Parents Magazine calls a “must-read book for parents raising children in the digital world” and she is a Today Show contributor. De Muyshondt and socialsklz:-) have been featured on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Daily Mail to name just a few. She was previously an Adjunct Professor at New York University in the department of Media, Culture, and Communications and at the Fordham Graduate School of Business. She holds a BA in Communications from Boston College. Faye resides in New York City with her husband, daughter and polite pooch.

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Social & Emotional Development

Social and emotional intelligence involves understanding your feelings and behaviors, as well as those of others, and applying this knowledge to your interactions and relationships. Research has shown that those with high emotional intelligence have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. The concepts highlighted in the Parent Toolkit are based on CASEL’s five interrelated sets of competencies. Many social and emotional skills are developed over time, and some adults are stronger in this area than others, as is the case with children. We offer the information below to help you support your child’s social and emotional development, and to reflect on your own skills in the process.

Five Ways to Tame Bratty Behavior for the Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

Parents have a lot on their plate, with buying gifts, cooking, cleaning, making lists and checking everything twice, and it can be a challenge to get children to behave appropriately during the festivities. However, the holidays can also be a great opportunity to help improve your child’s social skills and teach the importance of being gracious.

Build Your Child’s Social Skills this Halloween

Oct 27, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and pretty soon, your child will be out in her best superhero or princess costume, knocking on doors and getting lots of tasty treats. This festive occasion is not all about dressing up, trick or treating or the sugar rushes that will follow, however. The spookiest night of the season can be a good time to build your child’s social graces, as she will be able to practice her skills through several interactions with others. Stellar social skills are just as important on this holiday as they are on any other day, but Halloween can be the perfect opportunity to teach your child about being gracious and about the rewards (candy!) that come from being respectful.

Branding: It's Not Just for Adults!

May 18, 2015

Manners and etiquette are important for getting along with others and more than likely, you’ve already got these lessons covered---the pleases, thank yous, and thank you notes and apologies. But, beyond that, there is one skill set that can have an even greater impact on your child’s life. Those are a child’s social and emotional skills.

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