Emotional wellness, social skills, and life skills are important tools for children to develop. They affect how children view themselves, interact with others, evaluate challenges, and explore choices. This includes handling stress, negative feelings, and difficult situations positively.
Children who are well-developed socially and emotionally tend to be happier, get along better with others, and accomplish more.
Conversely, children who don’t get the support they need to develop social-emotional wellbeing are at increased risk for:
- Behavioral issues such as aggression, depression, and anxiety
- Poor self-image
- Decreased confidence levels
- Poor academic and athletic performance
- Self-destructive behavior
- Alcohol, cigarette, and/or marijuana use as a teenager and young adult
To learn more about how you can support social-emotional wellness in your early childhood program, check out our Online Resources for Providers and Educators.