In 2016, Bright Promises will begin funding programs that train parents how to teach their children social-emotional skills. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is integral to a child's wellbeing and involves developing key skills such as the ability to cope with stress in a healthy way, maintaining positive self-esteem, conflict resolution, and self-control. Bright Promises believes that if parents and caregivers are equipped to promote positive life skills at home, children will be exponentially more likely to lead happy, successful lives. Check out this article from he New York Times that offers insight into the research that affirms our initiative to help parents to teach social-emotional skills.
According to the research, "Children whose parents were counseled to play more with them did better, throughout childhood, on tests of I.Q., aggressive behavior and self-control. Today, as adults, they earn an average of 25 percent more per year as adults that the subjects whose parents didn't receive encouragement to play.