14 Practices to Nurture Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Social and emotional wellbeing is at the core of being human. Our feelings and our ability to connect with others is foundational to our happiness and sense of purpose and meaning. Enjoy these 14 parenting practices to help you nurture and encourage the development of social and emotional awareness and the opportunities that can come in the simplest of ways.
- Giving a sense of security and comfort. We all belong.
- Showing affection and warmth.
- Being consistent with setting loving limits and boundaries.
- Creating mindful interactions, time and fun together.
- Practice responsive parenting, being there for your child and listening to their emotional signals.
- Sharing and communicating with your child what is happening and what will happen next. “We are going to the shopping centre to buy groceries and on the way home we will stop in at the post office to collect the mail”.
- Supporting your child to know it’s okay to feel their emotions. Offering comfort, empathy, understanding and helping them to learn to notice and manage their own feelings. It is okay to feel and express your disappointment, upset, anger, happiness and excitability.
- Encouraging your child to explore, play and a willingness to try new things.
- Modeling social and emotional skills yourself by showing children how they work and how you manage your own emotions. Get to know your own emotional triggers as an adult.
- Naming, noticing, describing and responding to emotions.
- Reading and sharing books that nurture social and emotional wellbeing, playing games, singing, dancing, and imaginary play.
- Encouraging thinking skills and building choice making muscles to help nurture independence, getting along and staying connected.
- Providing opportunities for social interactions with others (Plays in the park, groups with friends and family, inviting a child to your home for a play).
- Sharing and practicing your values in how you treat each other and your community. Use the language. Use words like… friendliness, trust, respect, kindness etc…
Have fun, enjoy the journey.
Happy, whole-hearted parenting