Real Stories, Real Families
Why do parents and caregivers support social and emotional learning (SEL) for their children? We partnered with families across the country to answer that question.
Have a listen as seven caregivers share why they believe in an education that prioritizes SEL. We believe their stories will inspire more caregivers to support the development of social and emotional competencies for the leaders of today and tomorrow.
Real Stories, Real Families was made possible with the generous support of the Allstate Foundation.
The Majority of Parents Support SEL
Make no mistake: Attempts to ban social and emotional learning in schools do not reflect the will of parents.
Hundreds of independent studies have demonstrated what parents know intuitively – social and emotional learning translates into higher academic achievement, mental wellness, and long-term well-being. That’s why overwhelming majorities of parents across the political aisle have repeatedly demanded social and emotional learning in schools.
If we want our children to stay motivated in school, succeed in the workplace, contribute to their communities, and achieve their goals, then we should be supporting social and emotional learning.
- of parents say social and emotional learning creates a positive classroom environment where children learn the skills they need to succeed – in school and their future. (Benenson Strategy Group, 2022)
Children’s First SEL Teachers
Parents and caregivers play an important role in teaching and demonstrating social and emotional skills through conversations and interactions.
- Self-awareness: How we identify our emotions and thoughts, and understand how they influence our behavior.
- Self-management: How we manage our emotions and thoughts, including managing stress, setting goals, and staying motivated.
- Social awareness: How we understand and empathize with others.
- Relationship skills: How to establish, maintain, and grow healthy and supportive relationships.
- Responsible decision-making: How we make caring and constructive choices, while also understanding the consequences of action or inaction.