How to Build Social Emotional Skills for Students

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Resilience, kindness, compassion — these are just some of the socio-emotional skills that kids must develop. If you want your children to have the ability to build meaningful relationships in life, if you want them to be happy, then they’ll need to learn these skills and qualities.

Here’s a list of what you want to see in your children. Find out if they’re learning them at school.


Are your children open to changing conditions? Kids who are inflexible about change, who are stubborn and can’t adjust will have a hard time being satisfied. Those kids will grow up to be inflexible adults and will have a hard time coping with change. A good nursery school though can help train your children and improve their adaptability.


Kids have a short attention span. Through their lessons, kids are taught to pay attention to details, and that can help them perceive their surroundings much better. With teachers who ask them to stop and pay attention to the little things, they get to exercise their ability to take note of details.


Whether it is overcoming separation anxiety or their fear of talking in front of the class, a wonderful school can help your children move past emotional blocks. Teachers can assign tasks that help them overcome their fears and anxiety.


An excellent learning environment teaches kids to be respectful in their words and actions to other people. They have no idea what words are disrespectful, so they only learn by example—from you, the rest of the family, and their teachers.


Not all children have a sense of what others feel. But a good education can teach them the ability to always put themselves in other people’s shoes and that helps improve their empathy levels. That allows them to offer comfort and consolation.


If your children know they have done wrong, and they ask for forgiveness willingly, that is a good sign that their teachers are doing something right. Also, if your kids understand that they must also offer forgiveness to people who hurt them, you know you have sent them to the right school.


Children who know the value of saying thank you, who know the concept of gratitude, tell you a lot about the kind of lessons that they learn at school. An education that emphasizes the

importance of emotional intelligence

helps shape your kids to be the kind of people you would want them to be: that is, capable of feeling grateful, which runs counter to the way many kids feel entitled. If you do not want to raise entitled kids, then lessons in gratitude are an excellent way to build their character. Pick a school that provides that kind of training and education.


Kids are usually honest. Remember that they don’t have a filter yet. That means they say what’s on their minds and that often means being painfully, even sometimes, hilariously honest. But good teachers help them define another meaning for honesty: by making them ask themselves when was the last time they found it difficult to tell the truth? As your kids grow older, a school that helps them practice honesty is priceless.

Remember, a lot of kids are impatient by nature. Maybe it’s a product of their time. It’s easy to be impatient when you’re used to getting things without delay. By choosing a school that teaches them how to be calm and steady, how to approach things in life with patience, you make it easier for them to learn this valuable skill. Kids who know how to be patient are often much happier since they aren’t easily stressed out. They grow up well able to handle conflict with ease. 


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