Social and emotional competence is the foundation of every child’s development. It comes through the ongoing interactions between the child and the adults in her life, beginning with parents and other family members. The parent’s capability to foster the child’s ability to talk, regulate their behavior and interact positively with others is key to the child’s development. Nurturing and attachment in the earliest days and months of a baby’s life is the beginning point for social and emotional competence that develops over time.
When asked, parents have described this protective factor as:
- My child feels loved, a sense of belonging and can get along with others.
- Social and emotional competence in children = compassion.
- Social and emotional competence in children means helping your children communicate and give them the love and respect they need.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children, a research brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Information adapted from the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.