Skills that teach communication, planning, problem solving, and team interaction are best learned in preschool, Assistant Professor Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., told Cleveland.com in a story about important skills that are often referred to as “soft skills.”Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 11.13.26 AM

Dr. Moreno addressed how parents can foster these skills at home.

“We often think ‘what do I have to do as a parent to influence my child,'” Dr. Moreno said. “It’s the other way around. The best thing a parent can do is allow their child to influence them.”

Giving kids the reins also helps them learn self-control, Dr. Moreno said, by teaching them that their actions have consequences on other people.

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