Mortlake mothers begin program

Emotional help: Educational consultant Jane Langley speaks to Mortlake parents and local teachers about how to improve their children’s expression of emotions.

Emotional help: Educational consultant Jane Langley speaks to Mortlake parents and local teachers about how to improve their children’s expression of emotions.

MORTLAKE Library’s Nurture Nest program kicked off earlier this week, with mothers learning how to encourage social and emotional maturity in their children.

Education consultant Jane Langley conducted the Tuesday morning session, which focused on recognising the emotions children express and learning how to deal with them.

The program was organised in conjunction with education attainment project Beyond the Bell, Mortlake P-12 College, Mortlake Kindergarten and St Colman’s School.

South West Local Learning and Employment Network (SWLLEN) senior partnership broker Helen Bayne said the program was the first of its kind in Moyne Shire.

“The program is focused towards parents of pre-school children,” Ms Bayne said.

Ms Langley said was pivotal for children to learn these lessons at an early age.

“The difference you can make to children in the early stages of their development can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives,” she said.

Ms Langley said one of the key ways to increase a child’s emotional maturity was to encourage them to articulate how they are feeling verbally.

“One of the key aspects of emotional maturity is recognising emotions in yourself and in others,” Ms Langley said.

Next Tuesday’s session will teach parents ways to develop their children’s communication skills.

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