The Role of Parents
Educators and parents alike are both responsible for the development of a child's social-emotional skills, which is the ability to manage emotions, to empathize, to manage conflict and to collaborate with others in an effective and meaningful way. It is important that both educators and parents be on the same page when it comes to engaging students with SEL strategies. Consistency is the key to success. According to Stephanie Jones, Developmental Psychologist at Harvard Graduate School of Education, when schools and families have shared behavioral expectations and a common language for social and emotional skills, it can be "easier for kids to transition smoothly and be successful across multiple settings with many differerent adults."
What Parents Can Do
1. Focus on your child's strengths and accomplishments to help children persist when things get difficult.
2. Use visual aids to help your child plan - checklists are a good visual reminder for students to develop self-efficacy.
3. Ask about your child's feelings and talk about emotions to help build self-control and communication skills.
4. Stay calm when you are angry to teach your children how to develop self-control when they are feeling upset.