5 Signs of Healthy Social and Emotional Development
August 25, 2020
Social and Emotional Development in Children
Social and emotional development shapes how children interact with the world. These skills influence a child’s self-confidence and are critical in a child’s ability to form meaningful and lasting friendships with others. They also help children learn to manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, and feel empathy.
A child’s social and emotional development also influences all other areas of development – motor (physical), communication and language, and cognitive. There are many ways parents can work on developing these skills with children.
- Be a model of the emotions and behaviors you want your child to show.
- Be responsive to your child’s emotions and behaviors.
- Ask open-ended questions to help develop problem-solving skills.
- Use stories to talk to your child about different social situations and how people might be feeling.
- Ask your child questions when they are upset to understand the root of their unhappiness.
Children with healthy social-emotional skills are more likely to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
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