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.
Other Resources (Minnesota Department of Education)
Parenting Cue Cards - GreatSchools.org
* These cue cards provide common parenting challenges parents might face with their children involving various social and emotional issues and ways to address those challenges
SEL for Parents - CASEL video
* Informational video (created by CASEL and Chicago Public Schools) for parents on SEL. This video provides information on SEL in schools and gives insights on SEL into their own parenting practies, so they can support their children's social and emotional know-how.
*Online module that parents use to understand SEL and ways to support SEL.