5 Emotional Skills Your Child Should Possess
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It’s true that it takes effort to raise a child. There are ups and downs, but it’s the job of the parents to make sure that their child is feeling happy and well-adjusted.

Parenting is about more than just providing food and shelter for children. It is also about developing the skills necessary for successful living.

These five emotional skills are: self-control, empathy, optimism, social skills, and resilience. The key to raising a well-adjusted child is raising them with these five essential traits in mind.

Self-Control

This is arguably one of the most important traits a child can have. A person who lacks self-control often struggles with impulse control as well as problem-solving abilities.

When they don’t have self-control, they are prone to making poor decisions, which often leads to problems in their lives down the road. Children who lack self-control are known to be poor decision makers, which can lead them to issues and negative behaviours.

Empathy

Children who are taught to be empathetic will often make better decisions in life because they can see the world from another person’s perspective. When they are feeling compassionate for others, they are more likely to make good decisions.

Empathy is an important trait to possess in order to understand other people’s wide range of emotions and treat them with kindness. This helps children grow into responsible adults who are able to form healthy relationships with others.

Optimism

Optimism is a quality that can be taught to children, just like self-control and empathy. When children learn how to be optimistic about the future, it can improve their self-esteem and their ability to deal with negative situations.

When they are optimistic about the future, they will often take steps to make their lives better in the present.

Social Skills

Being able to make friends and develop relationships with others is one of the most important skills that a child can learn. When children are taught how to form positive relationships with others, it will help them grow into responsible adults who are able to interact with other people in a healthy way.

Resilience

A person who has resilience will bounce back from difficult situations without letting them get them down.

Children who lack resilience may be feeling sad or upset after something bad happens, but then eventually get over it and move on with their lives. When they have resilience, they are able to keep moving forward despite life’s setbacks.

The above traits are just five of many that children need in order to be successful adults. There are so many more thinking skills and physical skills that can be taught in order for children to become well-adjusted adults, but these five can help them get started on the right path towards being successful adults.

What You Can Do to Help Your Child’s Social-Emotional Development

As parents, we can help our children develop the right skills by using these social-emotional development techniques:

1. Be a role model:

If we want our children to become well-adjusted adults, we need to model how they should act. When we do this, it will help them become better adults and avoid making poor decisions that lead them into negative behaviours later on in life.

2. Learn from mistakes:

Children learn from what we do and say more than what we say or do not say or do not do. When we make mistakes as parents, it is very important that we tell our children about them and let them know that they are not mistakes but part of learning how to be a good adult.

It is important for us to teach our children how to make mistakes in order for them to learn from their mistakes without making the same mistake again later on in life.

3. Use positive reinforcement:

When you give your child positive reinforcement when they are doing something right, it teaches them that good behaviour gets rewarded.

This teaches them that they should keep doing what they are doing in order to get more positive reinforcement. This is an important skill for them to learn because it teaches them that they will be rewarded for good behaviour and not bad behaviour.

4. Give your child a reward:

If you want your child to do something, reward them with something. It could be a small thing such as a toy or something bigger such as a video game or a trip to the park. The more you reward your child for good behaviour, the more likely they will do it again and again.

5. Be consistent:

Being consistent is very important in helping children develop social-emotional skills because it teaches them that if we say we are going to do something, we should always follow through with it and not back out on our word.

If we are consistent with our children, then they will be consistent with their actions as well, which will help them become better adults who have good social-emotional skills.

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes and feel their emotions. It is the ability to understand the emotions of others and respond appropriately.

Empathy is a skill that can be developed by children. This skill will be used throughout their lives, not just at school.

The most effective way to teach children empathy is by example. Children will learn how to respond to others’ emotions by watching how their parents react to them.

It is important that parents respond with compassion and kindness. The best way for a child to learn how to feel other people’s emotions is by being with them, not watching them on TV or on the internet.

If you are always on your phone or computer, your child will learn that this is the best way to handle their emotions.

Try to understand, help, and be willing to talk about them. Ask your child what they are feeling and why they are feeling it.

Be aware of your own emotions. Learn to recognize your own emotions and how they affect you. Try to avoid negative thoughts.

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