Growing Your Child's Social and Emotional Competence

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

If your child is going to learn and experience success in school and life, what basic foundation does s/he need?  All humans require social and emotional competence, which means positive relationship with others and with themselves.  Any child that has a strong sense of self, solid connections with others and the ability to express and manage his/her emotions will be a child that excels.  

Recently, I spoke with Maura Stockman, a Board Member for The Collaboration for Early Childhood Care & Education, about their upcoming symposium, “We Can Work It Out.”  The event focuses on the importance of children’s social and emotional wellbeing and Maura elaborated, “The social and emotional pieces are the bricks and mortar of human development.  What children learn is within the context of relationships with others: self-worth, feeling good, experiencing comfort in relationships.”  She emphasized her point saying, “Bottom line - We need kids socially and emotionally in a good place in order for them to learn.”  

Here are some questions to consider when reflecting upon your child’s social/emotional development:

  • Do you really know how your young child feels?
  • Do you know if your child gets along with others?
  • Does your child know how to think about his/her feelings and how to manage them?
  • Do you know how you are coming across to your child?  Does s/he clearly receive your messages? 

On Saturday, February 26th at Percy Julian Middle School (8 am - 2:45 pm), gather with other parents, teachers and caregivers to gain additional strategies, tips and tools on promoting and supporting your young child’s emotional and social competency by attending “We Can Work It Out”, the Eighth Annual Symposium sponsored by The Collaboration for Early Childhood Care & Education.   

For more information and to register online, please visit:


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