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Social & Emotional Competence of Children: A tale of how connections matter

Posted: December 21, 2018

We hope by now, you've met The Johnsons from the first two chapters of this series. If you haven't, read Chapter One (Social Connections), Chapter Two (Parental Resilience), and Chapter Three (Concrete Supports), and Chapter Four (Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development). 

This [ficticious] family is like any other. They experience all the ups and downs that life can bring. And, like any other family, unforeseen problems will inevitably arise.

Throughout this series, The Johnsons encounter difficult situations, but the protective factors will come into play, offering solutions or a buffer. The protective factors, when present in families and communities, help families tackle issues by strengthening the family and the community around them. 

The five protective factors include:

  • Social Connections
  • Parental Resilience
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support
  • Social & Emotional Competence 

This week, we bring you a story about why Social & Emotional Competence of Children is important to families. 

Children's early experiences of being nurtured and developing a positive relationship with caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development. Research shows that babies who receive affection and nurturing from their parents have the best chance of healthy development. A child's relationship with a consistent, caring adult in the early years is associated later in life with better academic grades, healthier behaviors, more positive peer interactions, and an increased ability to cope with stress.

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