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“Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development” (2010) from Zero-to-Three explores a handful of important and very simple strategies parents can use to promote healthy social and emotional development in their young children. Observation, affection, compromise, and scaffolding are described in the context of real-life examples of parents and caregivers interacting with infants and toddlers.
This resource also explains how to implement each strategy, such as slowing down and paying close attention to what a child is trying to accomplish, as keys to responding in positive and supportive ways. Also, by using comforting touch, holding, rocking, singing, and talking, caregivers can nurture not only social-emotional well-being but also brain development as the child learns that she is safe and loved. Talking through conflicts, for example between toddlers who are both interested in the same toy, can help children learn to manage big emotion