The following information was taken from a Parent Fact Sheet by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):
"Two of the most influential aspects in any child or teen's life are the school and the home. Both offer the possibility to build self awareness and to learn the skills for positive and meaningful contribution to family, friends, school, and community. Through the relatively new concept of social and emotional learning we are able to link how we feel, how we manage and express those feelings, and how well we learn. Social and emotional learning approaches help us recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and handle challenging situations effectively."
A study by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) found that 86% of students 10-17 years said parents are the most important infuences on their lives. As you do your best to model positive social and emotional behaviors to your children, consider these 5 central competencies research identifies:
- Social or other-awareness
- Relationship skills
- Decision making
Consider how you might:
- Be aware that everyday experiences are opportunities to teach ositive or negarive social and emotional behaviors.
- Give children the opportunities to make their own choices and follow through with their decisions.
- Help your child to solve problems on their own by asking questions instead of giving advice.
- Look for products, games, books which communicate important social and emotional competencies.
- Take the time to discuss feelings with your children.
For more information about how to support Social and Emotional Leaning at home, here are a few articles: