Help Your Children Develop Social Skills

by | Parent Resources, Skill Development

How To Make Your Child’s Life Easier by Helping Them Make Friends Now

As your children grow up they are continually surrounded by people. Teachers, babysitters, siblings and peers are constantly around and unconsciously assisting in the development of your children’s social skills. Starting at a young age it is the parents responsibility to help their child develop proper social skills. Introducing your child to other children at a young age and teaching them how to interact with others will make the process of making friends easier as they get older.

Like many things, children are all different when it comes to socializing and making friends. There are some children who walk into a room and seem to draw in countless friends, while others try their hardest to interact yet don’t seem to make a single friend. The latter can be quite frustrating for parents. For some children engaging with others comes naturally, they have no problem making friends and entering large groups is exciting for them. For others, large groups are terrifying and attempts at making friends results in awkward situations and failed attempts. There are however, several ways for parents to help improve the social skills of their children.

If a child can’t be social at home it is almost denite that they won’t be social in the classroom. Children need a role model to understand the importance of communication and relationships. The easiest way to communicate this to your children is to be a positive role model yourself. When you talk to your spouse, your friends, and your family, your children are listening and learning. Either intentionally or unintentionally your children are learning communication skills from you. Be conscious of this as it will shape their future social behaviour.

It’s also important to help your children develop a strong sense of self. Allow them to share their thoughts, encourage their contribution to family conversations, and show that their input and opinions are valuable and worth being shared. is will help them gain the confidence that is needed when in larger groups such as the classroom. If they feel condent with themselves it will be easier for them to socialize with their peers and communicate without having a fear of rejection.

Supporting the opinions and desires of your children is vital as well. Encouraging them to verbalize their needs and opinions teaches them to communicate effectively. is goes hand in hand with the concept of sharing and taking turns. While they may feel that their needs or thoughts are more important than anyone else’s they must be taught from a young age that listening to others and hearing what others think is also an important concept in meeting friends and building relationships.

Like all things the process of communication and the process of making friends takes time and practice. While helping your children with the above tips can improve their ability to communicate, the natural personality traits of children will also play a role in how they communicate. e key is to encourage your children to be condent in themselves. If that means that they have a few close friends rather than the entire grade at their birthday party than that is what they choose and not simply what they have been dealt.