Build positive relationships with children
Through trusting relationships with adults, young children learn about their world and their place in it. They learn the world is safe and responsive to their needs. They learn to form satisfying relationships with others, to communicate, to face challenges, and to experience and regulate their emotions.
Supporting a child’s healthy social and emotional growth takes a commitment from all primary caregivers. It’s important to remember that young children observe our relationships. What they observe shapes their expectations for how people treat each other.
The term social emotional development refers to the developing capacity of the child from birth through five years of age. This includes forming close and secure adult and peer relationships, as well as exploring the environment and expressing while regulating their emotions in socially appropriate ways.
When positively interacting with young children, adults should:
• use a warm, engaging, and comforting voice.
• follow the child’s lead.
• say the child’s name.
• respond to child’s vocalizations.
• use good positioning so the child can see the caregiver’s face or the play objects.
To learn more about improving and building positive relationships, ask for HEF 601 “Making it Happen: Building Positive Relationships with Children” at the local University of Nebraska Extension office.