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Building Positive Relationships

Why This is Important

Children’s positive relationships with caring and trusting adults are most important in their successful social and emotional development. Families can help young children establish and maintain these positive relationships by showing them how to communicate clearly, be a good listener, and cooperate with others.

Quick Activity

Show and Tell

Sing a favorite song with your child. Research shows that singing together creates a lasting emotional bond between people. Take turns choosing the song you will sing.

Complete Thoughts

Hide stuffed animals throughout the house while your child waits. Then, go with your child to look for them. When all animals are found, have your child hide them for you to find. Setting aside time to play with your children is necessary and helps you feel connected to your children.

Guess Who

Sit down with your child and create a “to-do” list for the day. This process allows your child to learn decision-making and self-management skills. Discuss what comes first, second, and third. Draw a line through each item when complete.

Wows, Pows, Nows

Sit down with your child and create a list of ways to be kind at home or download this free chart, 100 Random Acts of Kindness for Kids. Then, choose an activity for each day of the week to complete together. For example, Monday, pick up trash outdoors. Tuesday make a card for an older neighbor. Have your child decorate the list with crayons, markers, and/or stickers.