It’s our first two-part series! This is part two of my interview with Kate Anderson. If you missed part one, be sure to listen to Episode 17 where Kate talks about how she and her husband first started looking to the Bible as a resource for parenting, especially when it comes to addressing behavior issues. In today’s episode, Kate is going to help us tackle the topic of social-emotional health and development and how we as parents can come along side our kids and help them to develop social-emotional skills that they need for daily life.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Kate shares that social-emotional development is a child’s ability to understand others’ feelings, understand their own feelings, get along with other kids, and build relationships with adults.
She mentions that the awareness of this topic is leading a lot of school districts to develop curriculum to help teach kids how to regulate their emotions. She says they are doing this because the schools are wanting to provide resources for the parents as well as be another source of help for the children as they continue to learn to develop social-emotional skills. These resources for parents are great because, often, parents are often left on their own when it comes to finding research and support for the problems they are dealing with at home with their children.
Kate says the great thing about understanding social-emotional development is that most of the necessary development can be prompted and promoted through positive interactions with your child at home. She points out that a lot of parents jerk reaction is to see a specialist, but many times, environmental changes can go along way to help a child’s behavior. We talk about things like how we speak to our children, how we respond, and even how we play with them.
Kate shares with us several resources and websites that you can visit in order to check what skills are age appropriate for your child, what markers you should be seeing, and how you can actually help your child develop their skills.
RESOURCES FOR NAVIGATING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
KATE’S ADVICE FOR PARENTS IN THIS JOURNEY:
Kate encourages parents to remember that the challenging times are not signals that you are failing. In fact, because we are seeking to understand our children and to help them according to their needs and the way they receive love and communication best, you are actually doing exactly what you need to be doing.
On a more practical level, Kate suggests that you look up your states Department of Education website, and find out what the standards and requirements are for social-emotional development in order to enter school.
GETTING TO KNOW KATE:
Q: What do you do when you have alone time?
A: Oh! I actually feel least productive when I’m alone, but if I had to choose something I would pick reading a book.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: I love the Chinese buffet with our whole family because everyone can get what they want! For date night, I love to go to a local hole in the wall place and order whatever they recommend.
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