Your Child Can Be Social, Here Is How You Can Assist

A child who does not have social ties with their peers may suffer from social difficulties and it is important to give him help as soon as possible – often from the age of being a toddler. The good news is that there is a way to help them grow and develop. This can begin as early as their toddler years or when they are referred to infant day care

Here are some tips for developing social skills

Encourage them:

Encourage the child to invite children from kindergarten or class, when the child behaves socially give them positive cheer.

Try not to overfill the child’s schedule with classes that won’t benefit them with social skills, and also because you risk the possibility of overloading their minds. It is highly recommended to enroll the child in classes that introduce him or her to his/her peers and emphasize cooperation, developing leadership skills, dealing with failures, the ability to work in a group, etc.

This way they will know what is wrong and what is right from an early age and be able to share and communicate with other kids. 

Instill patience into them:

Explain to the child why it is important to be patient and how to behave patiently – teach them to wait their turn in the game, and ensure that they are well aware of the importance of behaving well, giving praise when they do.

If the child quarrels with another child and the quarrel does not pose a danger, do not intervene and do not judge. Encourage the child to develop a sense of humor, and that not everything has to be serious.

Do not pressure the child:

You should allow them to learn and grow under their own volition too. Don’t force them to have meetings with other peers but rather just encourage or suggest it. If they don’t want to, don’t force it.

This will only make them shy away from being social. Set a personal example – cooperate at home, help each other, listen to each other, do not act aggressively, and be playful. 

Encourage hobbies to build skills:

Their hobbies will get them excited. If they feel that they are interested in a certain subject, they will want to pursue it. Whether that is sport or music.

Enroll the child in a social skills group and help them to improve self-awareness and self-confidence, learn how to listen, cooperate, communicate, share, help and receive help, deal with difficulties, rules, and situations over which there is no control and more. You can enroll your child in a group relating to their hobbies, which may include drama, sports, music, arts and crafts, or whatever they enjoy. 

Your child has the ability to be successful and thrive, as well as develop their skill set. Every child can progress well and make friends. It will help them at school and they will be hitting targets at the ages that they should. It is important that you nurture them from a young age for a healthier and happier future. 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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