The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals, peer groups, and adults is the foundation of a child’s education. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
CMCSS educators and counselors follow best practices for each grade level, encouraging students to work with their peer groups in healthy constructive ways. CMCSS families can find valuable resources below as their children continue to grow and develop.
Relationship Skills Include:
- Communicating effectively
- Developing positive relationships
- Demonstrating cultural competency
- Practicing teamwork and collaborative problem solving
- Resolving conflicts creatively
- Resisting negative social pressure
- Showing leadership in groups
- Seeking or offering support and help when needed
- Standing up for the rights of others
Developing Positive Relationships
Healthy family relationships are important for a child’s wellbeing and development. Building strong family relationships supports them to cope with challenges and to learn to be independent.
Demonstrating Cultural Competency
Children who are grade-school age are developmentally able to put cultural and racial differences into perspective. They can either learn to appreciate—or devalue—traits that make others different from themselves.
Practicing Teamwork and Collaborative Problem Solving
Children who lack problem-solving skills may be at a higher risk of depression and suicidality. Additionally, researchers have found that teaching a child problem-solving skills can improve mental health. Teaching basic problem-solving skills during preschool and help your child sharpen their skills into high school and beyond.
Resolving Conflicts Creatively
Dealing with conflict is not only stressful for kids but parents too. Below are ways to support your child to handle conflict better.
Resisting Negative Social Pressure
Many families worry about the negative impacts of peer pressure. Below are resources to help guide children through the experience.
Showing Leadership in Groups
Most leaders are not born, they’re made. Through hard work, determination, trial and error, and, quite often, by mirroring the leadership qualities of others, great leaders have learned to take charge with confidence and grace.
Seeking or Offering Support or Help When Needed
Among the most challenging moments of parenting are those when we realize that our support alone is not enough. It can be a genuine act of love, and responsible parenting, when we guide our children towards professional help.
Standing Up for the Rights of Others
The desire to help is present in children. Below are resources to help families strengthen the instinct to protect.