How Social-Emotional skills will help your child in life

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Helping kids in acing examinations alone won’t guarantee their success in the future. However, it is sometimes difficult not to get caught up in the pressures of having a school-going child. After all, the last thing you want for them is to lag behind in class.

Research has shown that emotional well-being is an important factor in child’s ability to learn and stay motivated. The importance of emotional quotient (EQ) cannot be emphasised enough.

Striking a balance between academics and social-emotional skills is of utmost importance for a child’s wellbeing.

So we spoke to an expert to help us better understand what  social-emotional skills are and how it can help your child strike that ever-important balance in life.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Striking a balance between studies and other activities is important for both parents and kids.

Dawn Sim is the founder of The Open Centre and has a Master’s degree in Counselling with extensive experience working with children and teenagers. She is a facilitator and trainer of FRIENDS, a social- emotional skills programme as well as Paws b, a mindfulness programme from Oxford.

As a counsellor, she supports both parents and children from five to 18 years of age. Some of the areas she covers include: behaviour management, improving self-esteem and coping skills in schools and at home.

The importance of Social-Emotional skills for children

Children are not immune to the high pressure epidemic.  The leading sources of stress for children today are grades, homework and examination; family stress; and peer-related stress including friends and bullying.

Helping our children build strong academic skills is great, but that’s just one of the many elements that make a well-rounded education. We have seen children who do well academically but struggle socially and suffer emotionally.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Teaching children social and emotional skills will help them manage stress better.


Sim feels that by teaching our children social and emotional skills, they learn to better regulate their emotions and better manage the stresses that come their way.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process by which children develop fundamental lifeskills for success in school and life. It teaches five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioural competencies:

  • self-awareness
  • self- management
  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision-making

More about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) on the next page…

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