Tips For Parents: Social Emotional Development

Children need to know how to function effectively as part of a group. They need to know how to take turns, make compromises, approach familiar children, obey those in authority, and generally be nice to others. At home you can provide opportunities for your child to:

  • Let your child know what is expected
  • Treat others with respect
  • Get hugs and smiles
  • Receive praise and positive encouragement
  • Find words to describe his/her feelings
  • Be a friend
  • Hear and see adults use good manners
  • Hear and see adults solve problems in a positive manner

Parents also can help their children by:

  • Remembering that discipline’s goal is teaching positive behaviors rather than punishing misbehaviors
  • Separating the misbehavior from the child and remembering that it is the behavior you do not like, not the child
  • Understanding your child’s limits
  • Letting your child know all feelings are okay, but not all actions are acceptable
  • Accepting your child’s honest efforts without criticizing
  • Treating your child and others with respect
  • Maintaining realistic expectations regarding your child’s abilities
  • Discussing and role-playing possible solutions to disagreements
  • Giving your child unconditional love