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Social Emotional

Relationships become more complex as your child navigates adolescence.


They're learning the art of building lasting friendships and managing conflict in a world that’s constantly changing. These years are crucial for building resilience, empathy and a clear set of personal values.

Your Young Adolescent (Ages 11-14)

As they move closer to adulthood, young adolescents experience many more nuanced emotions and social situations. Your child is becoming more aware and reflective, thinking about their own sense of self and where they fit into the world. Friendships become more intimate and complex, and peer pressure can become a powerful force in their lives. Your child is also learning to balance their urge for independence with the need for support from adults.

  • Understanding Myself and Others

    Your child is exploring their own personal values, beliefs and interests. They’re becoming more aware of the feelings and perspectives of others, developing a deeper sense of empathy and compassion.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program encourage self-reflection and open discussion about personal or social issues? Look for content that allows young adolescents to express themselves and teaches them to listen and relate to the experiences of others.

  • The Dynamics of Friendship

    Your child’s relationships are becoming more layered and meaningful. They are learning about trust, loyalty and the ups and downs of healthy relationships. They’re also navigating the challenges of peer pressure and learning how to stay true to their own personal values.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program foster a healthy social environment, where kids feel safe to express themselves and build healthy connections? Look for activities that promote teamwork, respect and understanding among peers.

  • Building Resilience

    Your child is learning to deal with setbacks in life — how to adapt to new situations, how to thrive socially and how to overcome challenges.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    How does the program support kids in developing their resilience? Look for program content that includes problem-solving and adaptability, along with support and guidance from older youth mentors or adults.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!


From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Friendly Debates

    Organize friendly debates on different topics, where each participant must argue from a perspective that is not their own. This encourages kids to think about different viewpoints and consider the experiences of others, promoting empathy and critical thinking. It can also help develop effective communication and negotiation skills

  • Daily Journaling

    Encourage your child to keep a journal, where they can write about their daily experiences and the emotions they feel. This daily practice can be therapeutic for kids navigating social and emotional complexities that are new to them. It provides a safe, private space for reflection and helps in processing feelings.

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