SEL aims to teach kids what CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, calls “core social and emotional competencies.” The organization breaks them down into five main areas: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills.
At home, parents should strive to create an environment of trust, respect, and support. Remember that modelling “emotionally intelligent” behavior at home is the first step in nurturing emotionally intelligent children.
Based on data collected from the National Survey of Children’s Health for ages 6 to 17, researchers found a 20 percent increase in diagnoses of anxiety between 2007 and 2012.
Have improved self awareness, emotional regulation, and self-esteem
Make healthier choices in lifestyle and relationships
Engage in mature interactions with others
Recognize and demonstrate good character
Know real strategies and tools for improving their own skills when it comes to self-reflection and self-understanding, relationships with others, and character development
Improved behaviour, patience, and self-regulation
SEL is important for children to develop and maintain positive relationships, decision-making skills, develop perspective-taking skills, and build emotional intelligence. Kids are born with many intense emotions, but they aren’t born with the skills to respond to, express, or cope with these emotions. Although SEL is commonly practiced in schools, it can also be successfully applied outside the classroom.
When we practice and build our skills in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and decision making, we are better equipped to navigate stressors, anxieties, and challenges. We can solve problems and work together to function at a higher level—in the classroom, at work and at home.
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Having a thorough understanding of our children is something we pride ourselves on as parents. Interests, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. It is also important to keep an eye on our children’s emotional and mental health, which is why you need to know these 5 emotional signs your child is experiencing.
After each lesson, there is an activity. This is to help solidify the information your learner heard and thought about in the lesson and to allow them to reflect. Feel free to adapt, add, or omit these activities to best suit your learner’s needs.
As a nation, our mental health has never been more critical, and our youth must have the tools they need to navigate these issues. But last spring, when Covid-19 dramatically changed the educational landscape, just 7% of parents felt prepared to address the social and emotional needs of their child.
Whether it’s called “social and emotional learning” or “emotional intelligence,” it’s critical to pay attention to the development of the whole young person, including character education. Parents have a dual role to play in raising a self-aware, respectful child who knows how to manage his or her emotions, make responsible decisions, and resolve conflicts non-violently.