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Social &

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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…

Understand the

feelings of others

Recognize, express & manage a wide range of feelings and behaviors

Get along with

other children

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. 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 taking an HMG Moment!

Encouraging your child to make choices and support them with problem-solving.

 Help Your child Learn to Share

 Teach Your child to Trade

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.

Identify and name feelings with your child so he/she can practice using words to identify emotions.

 Understanding & Labeling Emotions

Teaching your child strategies to calm down when he/she is angry or upset. Be comforting and help your child to manage their feelings.

 Recognize & Understand Anger

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).

Responding to your child’s signals and preferences (e.g., knowing when to stop playing when your baby turns away signaling they have had enough for now).

Reading Your Child's Cues

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Help Me Grow Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

PO Box 70

 Burlington, VT  05402-0070

802-863-7333

info@helpmegrowvt.org

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Understand the

feelings of others

Recognize, express & manage a wide range of feelings and behaviors

Get along with

other children

Build relationships with adults