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Child Development

What is Social and Emotional Development?

Especially in their earliest years, children develop social and emotional traits that will be with them throughout life. With your support, your child can have good self-esteem, positive behaviors, and overall healthy social and emotional development.

With healthy social and emotional development, children can:

  1. Play well with others and alone.
  2. Learn and enjoy learning.
  3. Communicate clearly.
  4. Face challenges and obstacles.
  5. Form satisfying, trusting relationships.
  6. Experience and handle a full range of emotions.

Young children develop these skills and characteristics through relationships. Strong, loving relationships give young children a sense of comfort, safety, and confidence. These relationships teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions, and deal with challenges.

Ways to support your child’s social and emotional development:

  1. Create an environment that is nurturing. Be affectionate!
  2. Develop routines that are regular, but also respond to your child’s needs when they come up.
  3. Provide safety and security – and encourage exploration at the same time.
  4. Encourage and support your child’s skills, even when the skills are just developing.
  5. Support your child to express his feelings, knowing that children will express differently based on their age.
  6. Be a role model of respect. Show appreciation of differences.
  7. Take care of yourself. You have social and emotional needs, too. When you are supported, you can better support your child!


Parents and caregivers – we hope you find what you’re looking for here. Whether it’s tips on sleeping, feeding, developmental milestones, or many other topics, we have information for you! Visit again soon, as we update these tips often.




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