What Skills Do Socially and Emotionally Competent Children Have?

​​​​​​​​​​​Are your children equipped with the vital social and emotional skills needed to get them through a school year? 

​These skills are a critical component to success. After all, school is a very social experience. From interacting with teachers to peers, kids are in social settings all day.  Social and emotional skills have been proven to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, alon​g with academic performance.

Socially and emotionally competent children and youth are skilled in five core areas:

  • Self-Awareness: They are able to recognize their emotions, describe their interests and values, and accurately assess their strengths. They have a well-grounded sense of self-confidence and hope for the future.

  • Self-Management: They are able to manage stress, control impulses and persevere in overcoming obstacles.

  • ​​Social-Awareness: They are able to take the perspective of and empathize with others.

  • ​Relationship Skills: They can establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships based on cooperation. They resist inappropriate social pressure; constructively prevent, manage, and resolve interpersonal conflict; and seek and provide help when needed.

  • Responsible Decision Making: In making decisions, they consider ethical standards, safety concerns, appropriate social norms, respect for others, and the likely consequences of various courses of action.