18 great little articles and videos to help support SEL for students and families.
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Imagine the skills that allow people to calm down when angry, make (and keep) friends, participate in community, and make fair and safe choices. These skills help children (and adults!) succeed in school and life.
Enjoy these brief articles, short videos, and fun ideas from University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Raising Caring Kids. The short articles and videos give ideas and activities to support your child’s school success, positive behavior, and self-esteem.
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Raising Caring Kids: What’s In a Face?
The ability to understand how people feel by looking at their faces is an important skill. To see and know how someone feels can help children get along with other people and be successful learners. Parents and teachers can help children learn to look closely at a person’s body language and face to build on the important skill of understanding how others are feeling. Here’s how to teach body language.
Raising Caring Kids: A Little Caring Goes a Long Way
Empathy in children is linked to stronger relationship skills. Strong relationships help a person feel happy. Teaching children to care for others is a great way to help children be happy when they are older. There are a variety of strategies to build empathy in children. Read more about these strategies to build empathy.
Raising Caring Kids: Building Strong Relationships Through Communication
From the beginning of life your child has been communicating with you. Communication with your child can be amazing. Do you remember seeing your child’s first smile or celebrating your child’s first word? Communication can be challenging, too. It doesn’t feel quite as amazing when a child communicates by having a temper tantrum, rolling his eyes, or slamming a door. Naming emotions and showing your child examples of body language can help them understand how actions may express what someone is feeling or thinking. Read more ideas on growing emotion communication.
Raising Caring Kids: What Am I Good At?
Parents play a huge role in helping children develop healthy self-esteem. Parents are the first positive voice children hear. To build your child’s self-esteem, help them see what skills or activities they do well. Learn more about identifying your child’s skills.
Raising Caring Kids: Using Values to Guide Good Decisions
Children learn to tie their shoes, read and write, solve math problems, and remember science facts and events in history. Children can also learn to be good people. You can help children learn to be honest, to care about others, and to make good choices by talking about morals, values, and ethics together. Here’s how to talk about values.
Raising Caring Kids: Changing the Way You Look at the World
Perspective taking requires you to put yourself in another person’s position and imagine what you would feel, think, or do if you were in that situation. Perspective taking helps children to be more successful as adults because they are better able to deal with other people. Seeing and understanding the world from someone else’s point of view is an important life skill you can teach children to build healthy and satisfying relationships. Explore more about perspective taking.
Raising Caring Kids: Feeling All My Feelings
Children whose parents support them when they express feelings have stronger social skills and better friendships. Just like adults, children feel different emotions such as happiness, sadness, embarrassment, and anger. Children’s emotions get more complex as they get older. This can be hard for children to understand. You can help by talking to them about how they feel in different situations.
Raising Caring Kids: Take A Deep Breath
Big emotions like anger or frustration can be hard for children to control. They may hit or yell to act out their feelings. Children feel more in control of their emotions and calmer in stressful situations when we teach them how to manage their emotions. There are a variety of strategies you can teach a child to calm down.
Raising Caring Kids: Humankind. Be Both.
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Kindness makes people feel good and helps develop friendships. In a recent study, kids who did kind things for others had more friends. Social and relationships skills, such as kindness, can be developed. One way to practice this skill is through random acts of kindness. Check out a great video on random acts of kindness.
Raising Caring Kids: Standing Up For Yourself
As parents, we protect and advocate for our child. From their earliest moments, we are in charge of almost all of the decisions regarding their safety and environments. As children grow older and gain independence, they start to make more decisions for themselves. We can help children make responsible choices and learn to promote their own safety. Parents and caregivers can teach children skills that will help them make good decisions, stand up for themselves, and be safe. Watch our video and read more about preparing children to make safe decisions.
Raising Caring Kids: I Make a Difference
Since children are very good at telling you what they want, it can be a challenge to encourage a child to think beyond his or her own interests. But children are natural helpers and with guidance can have a positive impact on their classroom, school, or community. Caring about your community and offering helpful action is called a civic mindset. There are a number of ways children can practice how to be responsible and active members of their schools and communities. Check out these fun ways to grow a good citizen.
Raising Caring Kids: Solving Problems With Other People
Most children need adult guidance to help them manage conflict until they develop their own problem-solving skills. The way adults respond to children’s conﬂicts can help or harm their ability to improve these skills. Parents and other caring adults can help children manage conflict by approaching it as a shared problem that can be solved by understanding all points of view and ﬁnding solutions that everyone can accept. Use this resource to identify and practice strategies to guide your child through a conflict.
Raising Caring Kids: Is That a Good Choice?
Will children always make the choice we want them to make? No; and that’s okay! At times, we may be upset with decisions children make. As children grow older and become more independent, they will make more decisions on their own. It is natural to want to help children make good decisions. It can be hard to let them face a bad outcome and learn how their choices impact themselves and other people. Read more about how parents and caregivers help children to think through and make responsible choices.
Raising Caring Kids: Small Steps, Big Goals
How did Barack Obama become president? Why is Serena Williams such a good tennis player? We often look at the end of the story – the A+ or the star athlete – and think that success came without effort. Instead, success often takes great effort and planning. Parents and teachers build children’s goal setting and problem solving skills by talking about the little steps needed to reach large goals. Here’s how to do it.
Raising Caring Kids: Respecting Differences Makes Us Stronger
The ability to respect others is a skill that will help your child forever. It is important to teach children to respect and stand up for people who may seem different from themselves. Children can learn that people are more alike than different, and that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. They learn from the words they hear and what they see. You can help them learn by the way you talk about or react to what you see in the world.
Raising Caring Kids: Keep Calm and Carry On to Success
You may have heard the phrase, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Current research on learning points to the truth of this old saying. In fact, you can help children “try again” by saying, “Let’s talk about what you tried and what you can try next time.” You can also support a child’s growth when you praise the steps they take to learn something new. This is called a growth mindset. Learn more about how to support growth mindset.
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