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Long-Term Benefits of Social-Emotional Learning

Long-Term Benefits of Social-Emotional Learning

When it comes to our children's education, we want the best for them. We work hard to ensure that they have a strong academic foundation and are prepared for whatever comes their way. But what about their social and emotional development? Oftentimes, this aspect of their growth is overlooked. But that’s why you’re here, right? 


You must have an idea of the fact that social-emotional learning (SEL) is just as important as academics, if not more so. So, in this blog post, we'll highlight the long-term benefits of SEL and give you enough reasons to make sure your child nurtures these skills. 


College and career-readiness.  

As adults, we are now aware of how important problem-solving and critical thinking are such important skills to have, especially as we pursue our dreams.


Whether you’re a restauranteur or a government employee, these skills are essential to help you face a day of work and to move your career and ambitions forward. So is teamwork, because we as humans are wired to connect and no one really makes it to the top alone.


Resilience through adversity.

It is unfortunate to see how too many children are already suffering from emotional distress (i.e. depression, anxiety), behavioral problems (i.e. violence) and substance abuse. We believe strong emotional and social skills can save our children from these phenomena. How, you ask?


SEL promotes resilience among children. And a resilient child is less likely to suffer from depression and substance abuse. Behavioral issues can also be reprogrammed with SEL as children learn how to relate to others in healthy ways.


SEL promotes self-awareness along with social awareness, self-management and responsible decision-making. These are all important to develop in a young mind as this allows them to understand how the world works and their place in it.


Greater overall sense of well-being.

What we are exposed to in early childhood, we absorb and bring to us throughout adulthood. Some lessons—inspiring or painful—can leave their mark for the rest of our lives. And while no parent or teacher could ever save children from life’s realities—in fact, no one should—we can arm them with the skills necessary to come out through each challenge with their spirit still intact.


We believe SEL can affect every aspect of a child’s life, from their schooling and career to their relationships and contribution to society. Only when a child understands herself and forms a healthy understanding of herself and others will she be truly happy to be part of this world.

 


In Conclusion:

Without SEL, children can have misguided notions of their identity and of society. SEL helps them see that they are not alone, that their actions have consequences, and that they can be in control of their behaviors.


In retrospect, don’t you wish these are the skills you learned for yourself sooner? These are the skills we need to navigate challenges, make good choices and basically get through life without being weighed down by its hardships.


When children learn these life skills through early exposure to SEL, just imagine how much bolder and brighter they can be.

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