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We all want our children to be healthy and happy. Supporting children’s emotional and social development is just as important as supporting their physical development.
So, what is social and emotional development?
Social and emotional development is a child’s ability to…
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. Having positive social and emotional skills is important throughout life and can have an impact on how your child functions at home, school and in the community.
Feelings of trust, confidence, pride, friendship, affection and humor are all a part of a child’s social-emotional development.
You can support your child’s social and emotional development every day by…
Establishing and following a predictable, daily routine. (You provide security for children by being consistent and predictable).
Responding with specific praise when your child shows pride in an accomplishment.
Encouraging your child to explore, play and try new things. Provide opportunities for interactions with others (e.g., going to play groups with other children, inviting a child to your home for a play date, going to the park where there are other children playing).
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