10 Empowering Themes
For healthy social and emotional development
A sense of belonging—the feeling of being a part of something greater than oneself—gives children the emotional strength to overcome challenges and difficulties that emerge in their daily experiences.
When children take initiative and make choices they gain a sense of control over their environment and the confidence to transform it.
Self-discovery allows children to look inside and understand who they are—what they like and dislike, how they are different from other people, and where they fit in the world—an awareness that inspires them to understand and unleash their potential.
Children who can recognize their emotions—discover, understand, express, and manage how they feel—are better able to control their behavior and realize how others might be feeling.
Children who develop optimistic thinking at an early age are more likely to feel confident, solve problems, make friends, and expect success for themselves.
Self-confidence plays a key role in children’s healthy development and success at home, school, and play. Confident children are more eager to explore, face challenges, and learn new skills.
Kind and compassionate children have the ability to understand the feelings of others and desire to support them in helpful, caring, and protective ways—actions which lead to positive feelings of happiness, gratitude, and greater self-worth.
Helping children cultivate respect for themselves and others is essential for healthy social and emotional development. As children learn to appreciate and value the differences in themselves and in others, it equips them to express their feelings, develop relationships, and feel safe in the world.
The types of relationships young children form set the direction of their interactions for the rest of their lives. Children with healthy social relationships are better learners and have a sense of purpose and value.
Offering young children opportunities to self-reflect—explore their thoughts, feelings, and actions—helps them evaluate their choices, learn from their mistakes, and make changes for more positive outcomes.