Part I: Why SEL Is Key To Your Child’s Growth: Parents, Pay Attention!
Parents are a child’s first teachers. As the child grows and starts going to school, the parent’s role expands. Apart from taking care of the child at home, they also try their best to prepare their child for a life outside of their home.
They have to pay attention that their child is performing well in academics and other extra-curricular activities, but they are also trying to make sure their child develops life skills. All of this while taking care that the child never feels alone, pressured or depressed. While this may sound like a job only for a super-parent, focusing on social-emotional learning of the child can take care of most of these things.
By now it has been firmly established that children with knowledge of SEL perform better at school as compared to those who don’t. They are more aware of their surroundings and develop a well-rounded personality.
But, how does SEL contribute to your child’s growth? Let’s find out.
Ability to Articulate
Social emotional learning helps children understand themselves. It helps them get a clearer picture of what they need and hence become more assertive. As they get more emotionally intelligent, children know what they want, they are able to articulate their thoughts better and communicate more effectively. They can share their needs with you in a more productive manner.
You must know that articulating one’s thoughts is a skill that even most adults struggle with. When your children acquire this skill at such a young age, it acts a seed that makes them more successful adults. Needless to say, happier adults too. Every parent wants that.
Developing a Better Attitude
With a better understanding of self your children will become more empathetic, and start to look at their surroundings differently. Instead of finding difficulty in engaging with people, they will start enjoying their interactions. In the process, they will build better and more positive relationships with not just you, but their peers, and teachers too.
Your children will not feel alone, anxious, or abandoned when they know they have a support system backing them, their attitudes and behaviors change. This is the behavioral change that keeps them away from getting in unnecessary brawls or resorting to substance abuse.
With the changing attitudes, they become more friendly towards people, want to stay in school, and participate in different activities. They are able to work with people and keep a positive attitude while doing it. Parents do not have to worry about their kids being lonely. With the right SEL programs, the children will be less socially awkward, work better in teams, and accomplish more.
Less Problems with Learning
Parents want their kids to excel in life, but do not want to push them too hard. With a good SEL program, they don’t have to. It will encourage a positive environment at school with lesser discipline violations, bullying incidents, and cases of addiction. If a school focusses on SEL, parents know their child is studying in a good classroom environment, students can focus better and learn more. Moreover, an open and warm environment at school also helps students prevent mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and more. Even if they do face such problems in the future, they do have the tools to counter them.
Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Taught
Parents want their kids to get the best in life and making them emotionally intelligent is a part of ensuring that. A good SEL curriculum, a little push from the parents and the will of the school to implement it are all needed to make it possible. Given the wide range and known benefits of SEL, comprehensive programs like SEL Adventures are already in place to help children. They provide engaging and expertly created classroom sessions and activities to help teach students the skills they need to grow into emotionally intelligent and productive adults.