Each New Year brings with it feelings of anticipation, excitement, and a renewed hope and commitment for positive change. 2016 is no different.
Parents with young children should consider making an addition to their list of New Year’s resolutions: learning more about early social and emotional development.
What exactly is social and emotional development? It’s the change over time in the way children react to and interact with their social environments. A child is not born with the ability to identify his emotions, control his impulses, or understand his place in the social world.
Over the last few decades, researchers have established a direct link between early childhood experiences and social and emotional well-being in adulthood. Career criminal isn’t a path people take a sudden leap into. It’s the result of a life shaped since birth by toxic experiences.
That’s because there is powerful evidence in study after study that healthy social and emotional development in the first years of life significantly reduces the risk that today’s toddlers will become tomorrow’s violent teenagers or adults.
Children are born ready to socialize, and they begin honing social and emotional skills before they can talk. But learning depends on the input we give them, and some kids aren't getting the opportunities they need to achieve.