SEL Focus: Model and teach healthy relationships

First Nine-Weeks Focus: Relationship Skills

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Each year gives students, teachers, and parents the opportunity to create new relationships and make new friends. CASEL defines relationship skills as “the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups [and] the ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflicts constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.” (https://casel.org/core-competencies/) This skill is perhaps needed even more today because of our global community.

As responsible parents, educators and leaders, it is our obligation to try to model and teach healthy relationship skills. Teaching tolerance and encouraging our children to develop good relationships with others who may not share their exact values or beliefs is critical to their development and success. One way to help our children is to “seize teachable moments” when reading a book or watching TV. Talk about differences and why certain groups of people may have stereotypical roles.

At the end of the day, it is about being kind and respectful to others. Perhaps Mr. Rogers said it best when he stated: “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” -Fred Rogers


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