Newsletter/Video Archive: Social - Emotional Development

“I’m sorry” certainly is a powerful phrase – and an important one for interpersonal relationships, but how can we help children use it meaningfully? 

Fred Rogers often addressed topics like death because he wanted to give adults helpful ways to talk with children about challenging situations.

It’s understandably disheartening when you see a child regress and lose some of those major accomplishments, like self-control, cooperative behavior, focused attention and even potty training.

If you sense there’s a faster pace and more noise in the roomful of children, it might be a good idea to work on intentionally slowing the pace and lowering the noise – as a gift to yourself and the children.

Fred was a master in addressing complex ideas about emotional development in ways that seem so simple. Here are some messages he was offering in the video – along with ways you can apply them in your work.

It’s important for children to see adults being respectful, kind and helpful. There’s a Quaker saying that Fred often quoted, “Attitudes are caught, not taught.” Children want to be like the important adults in their lives.

As children get more fluent and have more social skills, we can give them even more help “using words.” Watch how the teacher helps two young preschoolers who both want the same toy bus.

The video from our "Helping Children Learn Discipline” workshop that shows a teacher working with an older child, a preschooler who has trouble at transition times. Without help, he often ends up in conflicts. Watch how the teacher helps him learn how to clean up after lunch.

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