It's important to remember that "children’s first language is emotion," said Housman. Especially when they’re young, before they acquire language, behavior may be one of the only ways they can express what they’re feeling. And a lot of what they’re feeling these days may be sad or scary or confusing."
In an important follow-up article journalist Alia Wong spoke with early childhood experts including Dr. Housman for USA Today's series spotlighting the impact the covid-era has had on young children and families. This timely and in-depth piece centers on ways to help young children, and their families as children navigate our new normal with few social-emotional skills to help them understand and manage all their emotions.
The goal, Housman said, is to help children identify what they’re feeling and then express it in a constructive way. A child who can manage their emotions is better able to solve problems and thus feels much more in control of themselves – much more competent and confident.
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.