Children are encouraged to understand;
- All humans experience feelings and emotion.
- We all seek happiness and contentment. As we do not want to experience harm to ourselves, so we need to learn how to consider others as we consider ourselves.
- Acting compassionatelytowards others allows us to feel the interdependent nature of our lives.
- Our connections with the world and people around us and the ability to contemplate the results of our actions towards others is a step towards emotional wellbeing and a harmonious society.
- It is important to know and name how we feel, validate or have these feelings validated and acknowledge that it is o.k. to feel how we feel. However, it is essential to our emotional wellbeing that we reflect and be mindful of how our response and actions to these feelings are impacting on us and the world around us.
- Our feelings influence our reactions and this in turn affects our behaviour.Understanding this interaction is also part of emotional development.
- Different age groups will identify feelings in a different way and experience a broader range of emotions with maturity.
- Developing our responses and interactions with others, our capacity to understand the emotions of others and respond with empathy and compassion is vital to a healthy emotional being.
- Our personal motivation is part of our emotional development. Ask the question what inspires me? What motivates me to feel and act in a positive way? From where does my happiness and contentment come?
Tong-Len realises that the development of the children[s abilities to be mindful of their emotions and emotional wellbeing contributes to the holistic development of the children and their capacity to break the cycle of poverty for their family and the wider community.