Our emotions can have great impact on our behaviour and life skills. Emotional imbalance not only affects adults but also kids. Their academics and overall development can be harmed. Should emotions be taught in schools?
“Nobody ever taught me to manage my emotions, I have learnt it myself, then why not my child?”
Does this question arise in your mind?
Parents – you will agree that the scenario of your childhood days and that of your child is completely different. Today’s competitive lifestyle and the influence of technology has increased the threat for children. Unlike earlier, children tend to spend their maximum free time on electronic gadgets or PlayStation and rarely interact with others. The way they socialize, study, play, etc. only reduces the chances of developing social-emotional skills.
Facing the outside world won’t be easy for your child where they must deal with stressful situations. Academic pressure, peer pressure, homework stress, etc. will make him anxious. This situation may lead to unanswered questions that will only complicate the situation. Lack of emotional skills can also develop the feeling of inferiority in him.
“Building emotional awareness, self-control and relationship skills are master skills, when we nurture them, children do better in all areas of their daily lives, including school.” – Mark Greenberg, PhD, director of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Lets Pratise Experts recommend that schools should include social-emotional training in the academics, which in turn will help students regulate their emotions. Schools should introduce Social-emotional Learning program that teaches students the following:
Self awareness is knowing yourself completely and this includes your likes, dislikes, behaviours, emotions, etc. Students who are aware of themselves can understand others and socialize better. Children should be taught to analyze their feelings. Meditation and talking about their emotions are great ways to develop self awareness among children.
Self management – Controlling anger and frustration
Once students learn to identify their emotions, the next step is managing them. Self-management is essential for kids to lead a healthy lifestyle and children are usually sensitive and get affected by minor issues. Teachers and parents should help the child in dealing with emotions like anger, frustration, anxiety and fear.
Parents and teachers should encourage children to take responsibility for their actions and this also includes accepting your mistakes. Teach children be responsible and ask them to avoid blaming others for their behavior and this will make them turn into a honest and more responsible individual.
If a child is stressed, then the parents and teacher should help him overcome the stress. A student may have stress in many forms – homework stress, exam stress, family feud, quarrel with friends, etc. Children should be taught to solve these problem, to relax themselves or share their problems with the one they trust.
Instead of teaching children to suppress their emotions, we should teach them to talk it out and understand them. A child who receives great social-emotional skills training will turn out to be a successful adult with a wonderful personal and professional life.
Experts at Let’s Practise support the idea of including social emotional learning in academics. What do you think? Let us know here.