Growing up, I was taught not to talk about my emotions. How do I ensure that my children do not repeat the same pattern nor do the same with their emotions?
We all have the emotional fingerprints, both positive and negative, of the adults and experiences they were surrounded by in their earliest years, influencing and impacting learned behaviors of how to express, or not express, our own emotions. Our experiences, memories, internalized rules, views, and values shape how we respond, act, and react — this applies to both adults and children. What we’ve observed and learned through our own histories impacts how we then deal with our own emotions and the emotional responses of others.
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.