How to Support Your Child’s Social-Emotional Health: 8 Tips for Families

Learn how families can support their children's social-emotional health and find support resources in their home languages. This tip sheet is available in 16 languages.

How can you support your child's emotional well-being during the school year? Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Tips in 16 Languages

Family tip sheet on your child's social-emotional health

This tip sheet is available in 16 languages below.

1. Check in with your child.

You can ask:

  • How do you feel about going back to school?
  • Is anything worrying you?
  • What was a fun or hard part of today?
  • Is anyone teasing or bullying you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

2. Keep track of how your child is doing.

Pay attention to your child's:

  • moods
  • feelings
  • behaviors
  • attitudes about school

If you see changes or have questions, talk with your child’s teacher or doctor about what you notice.

3. Create a routine together.

Talk about how to stay healthy through:

  • sleep and exercise
  • good nutrition and hydration
  • managing screen time

4. Encourage your child by:

  • staying calm and supportive
  • helping your child name their emotions
  • focusing on positive things
  • sharing why your child is special
  • talking about why you are proud of your child
  • drawing and writing together

5. Help your child address anxiety about safety and uncertainty.

If your child is anxious about safety or returning to remote learning:

  • listen to their concerns
  • share safety steps they can take
  • answer their questions honestly
  • confirm that there is still uncertainty around this school year
  • share the information you do have.

6. Help your child address anxiety about separation.

If your child is anxious about separation from you:

  • listen to their concerns
  • practice short times apart
  • create a good-bye routine
  • send them a special note or photo in their backpack
  • assure them you will miss them too.

7. If you need more support, look for it!

You can find out how to:

  • contact school counselors or psychologists
  • find resources to address stress, anxiety, trauma, or abuse
  • connect with other families.

8. Share important information with the teacher about your child.

Tell the teacher about your child's:

  • strengths and challenges
  • ways of dealing with stress
  • questions and concerns
  • interests and talents.

Notes:

  • You have a legal right to information in your home language from your school.
  • Tell the school the best way to contact you and if your contact information changes.

Tips in 16 languages

These tips are available 16 languages. Share the tip sheet with families by printing, e-mailing, and posting on websites or school social media channels.

Special thanks to Kristina Robertson, Becky Corr, Debbie Zacarian and school social worker Rukiya Hassan for their review.

References

Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)

Colorín Colorado (2021)

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