5 Ways You Can Support Your Child's Social/Emotional Development

1. Have special time with your child each day (or at the very least each week)- This is very important. In order for you child to feel supported and connected, it is important for them to be able to feel they can share with you (both the positives and the negatives). One way to have a special time with them is to implement it into their bedtime routine. Even if it is 15 minutes, ending their day with special time with you can help them have closure to their day and feel connected in a positive way before they sleep.

2. Read to your child. Think about your experience with books. Have you ever fallen in love with a book or a story? Have you ever learned something from a book? Children's books are filled with character lessons and social/emotional experiences. Reading to your child can help expose them to various social/emotional situations in a safe and supportive way.

3. Ask open-ended questions. Try asking questions that encourage a response of more than just 'yes' or 'no'. This can help your child reflect and process their day and shows that you care. Some examples are:

  • What was the best part of your day? 
  • What did you do in writing today? 
  • What did you do in your specials today?
  • How was activity? 
  • Who did you sit with at lunch? 
  • How did you spend your recess today? 
  • What was something that challenged you today? 
4. Disconnect from tech, connect with your child. Technology can be a wonderful thing! However, too much tech can disconnect you from your child. Disconnecting from technology (tv included) can open up some time to talk and communicate. Remember, it is all about balance! 

5. Share your 'learning experiences' with your child. It is important for your child to see that other's experience a variety of emotions and social situations as well. Sharing your own experiences or sharing family stories can help your child feel that there are other people in the world that have had challenges and have overcome them. 

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