The strong foundations for success are built during the first five years of life. Good social-emotional development is built on the framework of positive, secure relationships with parents and other caregivers, enriching experiences which stimulate the mind and body, the freedom to explore and interact in a safe environment, many opportunities to play and finally adults who listen when children’s speak and give respect to children’s ideas and feelings.
Children are born with the need and desire to connect with those around them. When teachers and practitioners and parents and caregivers establish positive relationships with children from birth through the early years, and value their diverse cultures and languages, children feel safe and secure, laying the foundation for healthy social and emotional development. This process affects how children experience the world, express themselves, manage their emotions, and establish positive relationships with others.
Emotions…we all have them. Everything we do and everything we learn is shaped in some way by the way we feel. These feelings are a natural part of who we are. How we deal with our emotions can make a big difference in the quality of our lives.
5 Steps of Emotional Coaching
- Be aware of the child’s needs and emotions.
- Recognize that emotions are an opportunity to connect.
- Listen with empathy — using observations rather than judgmental evaluations.
- Help the child identify their need and emotion.
- Set limits and find good solutions.
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Always remember every child develops at different rates and are individuals they grow and learn at different rates.
If you need support in guiding and nurturing your child’s development try a few fun interactive activities like those found here