Support Preschoolers’ Social and Emotional Health

Raising socially and emotionally healthy children can be frustrating. There are times when your child is throwing a tantrum—a loud, embarrassing, scream fest of a tantrum—and you want to throw in the towel. Every parent has been there, red-faced, trying to pry a toy out of your two-year-old hoarder’s hands, or asking the boss to leave early because a child has bitten a classmate. You can’t just quit this whole parenting gig, and you really want to do what’s best to help your child grow into a kind and compassionate adult. But what the heck are you supposed to do? Your mother will have one opinion, your neighbor another.

Luckily, you can turn to the professionals. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning has prepared practical materials for parents of preschoolers on hot topics like these. Simply visit their website for positive solutions to help your children:

  • feel loved, safe and special
  • feel competent and confident about all the things they can do
  • build relationships
  • develop friendships
  • learn how to follow directions
  • learn to manage their emotions
  • let us know what their behavior is trying to communicate
  • learn new skills to replace challenging behaviors

Visit our display at the Columbia Public Library for recommended books and examples of games and activities to extend these books with your children.

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