ATLANTA, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In today's digital world, parents overwhelmingly agree it is important to nurture good character in their children, including traits like honesty and compassion. However, a recent national parent survey sponsored by Primrose Schools®, a leading national early education provider, indicates nearly 50 percent of parents are unaware of when they can and should start helping their children develop positive character traits. The survey also revealed many parents feel their children are not acquiring these critical social-emotional skills in preschool and kindergarten. Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/7727753-primrose-schools-national-parent-survey
The survey profiled hundreds of parents whose children have attended, currently attend, or will attend an early education program between the ages of 3-5. Of those surveyed, 92 percent believe that in today's social media-focused world, nurturing positive character traits in children is more important than it used to be. Still, nearly half of parents (48 percent) think preschool is too young for children to start learning social-emotional skills, such as generosity, getting along with others and compassion, which contribute to the development of good character. Contrary to beliefs expressed in the survey, brain development research shows the first five years of life are a critical period in which to build the foundation for children's social-emotional well-being. Emotional intelligence is shaped early on by children's interactions with parents and caregivers. Children as young as 6 months old can even begin to demonstrate outward signs of budding empathy skills. Intentionally nurturing social-emotional skills starting from birth is critical as they are key predictors of later academic success and health. "In today's world, we now know that IQ is insufficient as a sole measure of school readiness," said Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician and nationally-acclaimed parenting and children's book author. "It's no longer just what children know, but also how well they relate to others — the strength of their social-emotional skills — that sets them up for success, both in school and in life. Brain development research continues to support the importance of cultivating these skills early. Parents are recognizing this too in placing high demand for quality early education that incorporates character building." Despite a large and growing body of evidence showing the importance of nurturing positive character traits during the first five years, more than half of parents surveyed feel their child did not or will not acquire honesty, generosity and compassion (54, 54 and 62 percent, respectively) during their early education experience.