As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and happy. It’s easier to tell if your child is development physically, but do you know if your child is developing the appropriate social and emotional skills? Supporting their emotional and social development is just as important as supporting their physical development.

What is social and emotional development?

  • Social and emotional development is a child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, control his or her own feelings and behaviors, get along with other children, and build relationships with adults.
  • In order for children to develop the basic skills they need such as cooperation, following directions, demonstrating self-control and paying attention, they must have social-emotional skills.

Why is it important for children to have positive social and emotional skills?

  • Having positive social and emotional skills is important throughout life and can have an impact on how they function at home, school and in the community.
  • When young children are faced with social, emotional or behavioral challenges it can impact their chances for school success and healthy relationships.
  • A child's positive relationship with trusting and caring adults is the key to successful emotional and social development.

What can you as a caregiver do to support positive social and emotional development?

  • Lead by example, by modeling positive behaviors
  • Be affectionate
  • Be considerate of feelings, wants and needs
  • Express interest in daily activities
  • Respect their viewpoints
  • Express pride in accomplishments
  • Provide encouragement and support during times of stress

Visit the Parent's Section on ways you can help promote your child to be healthy and happy!