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Importance of Social-Emotional Skills


Social-emotional skills in childhood predict social and emotional wellbeing, as well as academic and career success as adults (Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015).

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning has identified five core social-emotional skills:

  • Self-awareness is the ability to recognize your emotions and understand the links between emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
  • Self-management is the ability to regulate emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
  • Social awareness is the ability to take other’s perspectives and demonstrate empathy.
  • Relationship skills are the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships.
  • Responsible decision-making is the ability to make good choices about your behavior and interactions with others.

Check out the following links for information on how to build these skills at home: