Eanes ISD

Elementary (Grades K-5)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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Responsible Decision Making

One way to support your child in growing into a successful adult is to teach responsible decision making. In order for a child to learn the skill of making responsible decisions, the child must have the opportunity to make a decision and experience the consequences of his/her own decision. Our children may make quick decisions that are “rash, egocentric and short-sighted” without fully exploring the impact of their decision. They may even make a poor choice that has painful consequences. As parents it is difficult to watch our children struggle with consequences; however, it is our role as caring parents to do so.

Parents can start to teach their children the skill of decision-making at a young age, although decision-making is a “complex process that takes years to master”. Read the article Raising Good Decision Makers by Dr. Jim Taylor to learn more about how to teach your child the skill of decision-making.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey and How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims are two books that address the importance of allowing children to experience the consequences of their actions. 

Past Tips

Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else’s perspective. It’s having compassion for others even when they are different from ourselves.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. “There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions,” which is being self-aware.

How to practice social skills and nurture relationship-building abilities with your child in 3rd grade.

When we “make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations,” we are teaching our children how to be empathetic.

Unstructured play time gives children the opportunity to learn how to work with others and how to negotiate with peers.

In order to support your child in learning skills that support self-awareness/reflection, "encourage estimation and prediction skills.

Teaching your children how to play age appropriate games and encouraging play without adult interaction supports children in learning how to self-regulate.

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier."

Children learn self-management skills and resiliency by having the opportunity to think for themselves.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies

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