How do you help a child prepare for the challenges life throws his or her way through childhood and adulthood? How do you help a child make friends or know what to do when they feel anxious, scared, or angry? Social and emotional development is a crucial part of how children react to things that happen in their family and environment and how they handle inner turmoil. Educating children about feelings and social cues by giving them the tools and resources needed to self-regulate their emotions is the best way to prepare them for life. Building relationships with children and their families, teaching them to identify and manage their emotions, creating a space in which they feel safe and supported, and helping them develop resilience will make a positive difference in children's lives in both the short and long term.