Social And Emotional Learning For Kids

Social and Emotional Learning for kids or SEL is Emotional Intelligence with social skills.

This is now considered as important as IQ for school achievement and success in life. Emotional Intelligence or EQ is how you understand your emotions and how you relate to people.

Social and Emotional Learning for KidsSocial skills, communication, resilience and optimism are the positive outcomes of SEL.

Studies show that children with EQ are better learners, have better impulse control and have more friends. Parents can create a foundation for emotional intelligence by being good role models and actively talking and listening to their kids.

Here are the four strategies for developing EQ in your child:

Listen with empathy – Parents who can listen to their children empathetically will have a better relationship with their children. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another is feeling. Often empathy isn’t communicated in words but in facial and body language. It is a core skill for what psychologists call pro-social behavior. Being available to listen without judgment and without being busy makes the child feel seen and heard. It is a listening and feeling communication style that your child will repeat with their friends.

Children of empathetic parents self-manage their emotions better, can soothe themselves and get angry less often. They have good social skills, have friends and are more relaxed.

Match emotions to words – Teaching kids to name their emotions gives you both a mutual language to talk about feelings. Naming emotions helps the child handle them better. By recognizing and labeling emotions its teaches children how their emotions lead them to act. It helps improve self-awareness, confidence and impulse control.

Active Listening – This is a skill where you mirror what your child is feeling and saying either using the same or similar words. Active listening is fully concentrating on what is being said but you don’t jump in with questions or advice. People who active listen have been shown to have stronger social skills and makes communication more meaningful

Focus on your child’s strengths – Be aware and tell your child of their strengths before you criticize. Don’t compare.

The beginning of the emotionally intelligent child is through communicating and listening with their family. this gives the child the social skills for a fulfilling school life.

To find out How to help your child’s EQ Download ‘the Learning Styles and Special Needs Report’ Above

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