Social and emotional development is just as important to children’s learning as their academic development. It gives them a sense of who they are in the world. Children must develop social and emotional skills to be able to master other skills such as cooperation, following directions, self-control, and paying attention. It is important to practice social and emotional learning strategies at home. You can help your child learn skills to handle stressful situations and to move through difficult times that may be a result of trauma. Social and emotional learning will also encourage positive, trusting relationships with family, teachers, and friends.