What Do Parent Say About SEL?

Here are testimonies from parents whose children attend schools that utilize the SEL framework:

Blogs/Interactive Websites

-Here is a powerful video highlighting the way kids’ interactions with adults may affect their education. “Eye-Opening Video Will Make Adults Reconsider The Way They Talk To Children.”

-Self-regulation is being able to manage feelings so they don’t intrude heavily on relationships or day-to-day life. This might involve being able to resist ‘losing it’ in upsetting or frustrating situations, or being able to calm down when big feelings start to take over. Here’s an article on Dealing with Big Feelings – Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate

-Being a parent isn’t easy, but with helpful hints and practical advice from parenting experts and child psychologists at the Child Development Institute, LLC , you can become a more confident parent and raise children who are happy, healthy and independent. On this page, you’ll find topics like: “How To Make School Mornings Easier, How to Get Involved with Your Child’s School,” and more:

-Four Light-hearted tips from a fellow mom in “Fun, Strict Parenting”
I make parenting mistakes. Daily! Usually smaller ones, sometimes huge ones. I’m not the greatest parent ever. My kids are not the greatest kids ever. And don’t even get me started on our dogs…Now that I’ve boosted your confidence in me, here are some of my thoughts on parenting.”

-Is it just a phase or a serious problem? Help your child cope with life’s ups and downs, from dealing with divorce to preparing for new siblings. Or find out how to understand your child’s behavior, whether it’s toddler tantrums or teenage depression. On, you will find topics like: “Am I Pretty?: What Moms, Daughters Really Think About Looks, 5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid, Becoming a Stepparent,” and more:

-What Can I Do At Home to participate in the SEL School-Family Team? Here’s a list from CASEL on 10 things parents and families can do at home to support the SEL learning in your child’s school:

Book Lists

-With ever-increasing numbers of multiracial families (growing three times as fast as the US population as a whole!), these picture books are relevant at any time of the year. Celebrating Diversity- 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families

-Here is a great book list from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) on the topic of Schools, Parents, and Social and Emotional Learning:

-The professional expert staff at the Child Development Institute, LLC carefully selects parenting books and child development books that provide information based on current research and provide solid advice and parenting tips.  While there are many parenting books and child development books available, they’ve worked to make book selection easier for parents and point them to solid parenting information. Here’s their list:

For Parents of Little Ones (Infancy to Pre-K)

-Here you’ll find a page of resources from The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). The resources include: Scripted Stories for Social Situations, Tools for Working on “Building Relationships”, Book List, Book Nook, Teaching Social Emotional Skills, and Tools for Developing Behavior Support Plans.
Here are short lesson booklets for families: and en Español: