Kindergarteners’ social-emotional skills are a significant predictor of their future education, employment and criminal activity, among other outcomes, according to a study.
So the skills you learned in kindergarten make a huge difference in your life. Maybe you learned them at home before coming to kindergarten. Either way, your early personality shapes your future in powerful ways.
Even more interesting, our behavior can be shaped by our experiences in the womb. Isn’t it amazing that we are so sensitive to our world and responsive to it?
Probably few adults remember their kindergarten years but I remember mine clearly. I remember how fun it was to learn new things like to tie my shoes. Simple skills that made you more like a big person. It is wonderful isn’t it how children are curious and want to grow and become? You really have to be determined and have good mentors to maintain that curiosity and love of learning into your adult years.
The article states things like: helping others, resolving peer conflict, sharing materials as signs of pro-social skills that help people achieve and be happy in life. I always wondered why these skills weren’t taught directly in school. The world which has issues cries out for peacemakers, mediators and skillful problem solvers. It isn’t that people don’t know what to do, it’s just that they don’t or can’t get past the emotional blocks that are holding them back. This was one of the most frustrating things I see with self-aware people. They know what they are doing isn’t helping them, but they continue to do it. Why? The mystery of why we hurt ourselves is a complex one.
Sometimes being pro-social with others is first being pro-social and helping yourself. If you didn’t learn that in kindergarten it’s not too late to learn now.