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Social and emotional learning

Social and Emotional Learning for Managing Emotions

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process children go through in learning how to navigate their emotions, relationships, and interactions. These skills are imperative to a child’s development and long-term mental health, becoming their compass for building strong relationships with themselves and others. 

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Teaching social and emotional skills

Learning to identify and express emotions as well as how to get along with others is a big part of what children are learning in their early years.  Those tantrums and sibling rivalry are all a part of the learning journey.  In this section you’ll find ideas for how you can help your child develop the skills needed to navigate their emotions and build healthy relationships with themselves and others.  An added perk: by proactively teaching your children these skills you’ll see less of those tantrums and sibling rivalry.

Dealing with big feelings

When it comes to those not-so-desirable behaviors (hitting, kicking, yelling, whining, biting—you name it!), it’s important to remember a couple of things: 

  • Kids use behavior as a form of communication. We may not always understand what they’re trying to tell us, but it always has meaning. 
  • Kids need opportunities to learn positive behaviors. Just like reading or learning to write their name, kids need to be shown what desirable behaviors look like and then given lots of opportunities to practice.  

In this section you’ll find ideas for helping your child learn to understand their feelings and find safe, appropriate ways of expressing themselves. 

Taking care of yourself

To take care of your family, it’s important to take care of yourself. That can be tough though with the many demands we’re faced with each day. We’ve included some quick and simple ways to cope with your own stress and emotions so you’re in a better place to help your family do the same. 

  • Sometimes all you need to feel more positive is to remind yourself of the good around you. Try this trick for identifying three good things (then help your child do the same!).