Social emotional development encompasses a child's ability to regulate emotions and have positive relationships with others. Social Emotional development comes from a child's experiences with others, especially their parents. They learn how to regulate their emotions and express their emotions through positive relationships and experiences. For children living in poverty, the opportunities for healthy emotional development can be significantly more difficult because of the additional stressors their families experience. Children living in poverty experience heightened stress and tend to have many behavioral and emotional difficulties, especially when dealing with stressful situations. Most of these children experience stress for several reasons, but one of the strongest factors is experiencing conflicting relationships with their parents. Parents are the key to a child's healthy emotional development. Many times, parents have not had the opportunity to develop socially and emotionally themselves because of the cyclical nature of poverty. Gracefilled Opportunities of Hope provides hope for these children and families to grow and develop healthy relationships with one another and create a path toward the goal of ending cycles of trauma. There is hope for future generations.
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