Research shows that those with higher social-emotional skills have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. Like any math or English skills, these skills can be taught and grow over time.
These examples are a guide to help you continue to be a strong positive influence on your child’s social and emotional growth.
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Working with your child now to develop these skills can help them better face challenges in the future, when you won’t be there in the moment.
Empathy is the ability to identify and respect the feelings of others.
Self-awareness is knowing your emotions, strengths and challenges, and how your emotions affect your behavior and decisions.
Self-management is controlling emotions and the behaviors they spark in order to overcome challenges and pursue goals.
The ability to interact meaningfully with others and to maintain healthy relationships with diverse individuals and groups contributes to overall success.
Responsible decision-making is the ability to make choices that are good for you and for others. It is also taking into account your wishes and the wishes of others.