Developing Social skills in a child is very important, as it has a clear effect on a child’s personality. Once you’ve developed them you’ll find your child not only survive in hard times, but succeed in every situation of his/her life
The development of social skills starts from the beginning, when a child is born. It is not something your little one would learn at a specific age, when the damage is done you won’t be able to undo it but don’t worry it can be improved.
This article provides you a straight away, guide, how to develop social skills in your child.
1). Remember your own Responsibilities
Parents are the one who can build these skills in their child, until unless you will set a better example in front of your child, he/she won’t learn it properly. It’s your duty to know about the nature, weaknesses, and the strengths of your child. Once you’ve analyzed them, work upon it.
Check whether he/she listen to others? Follow the steps and rules? Can ignore distractions? Can ask for help? Take turns when you talk? Stay calm with others and get along with others and lastly check is your little one responsible for his/her behavior too? If not, then it means the social skills in your child are not developed properly and there is an urgent need to improve them.
2). Encourage your Child
Always motivate your child whenever your child do or want to do anything challenging, but never force him/her to perform a task. Discouraging someone is as much harmful as forcing. Give plenty of encouragement, not only when your child succeed, but when he/she fails too.
Encouragement by parents boost confidence in a child, which has a very positive effect on the personality of a child. Never ignore your child, even unknowingly. Listen to the stories and incidents your child shares with you.
3). Opportunities to Practice the Social Skills
Kids learn from their parents and learn far more from their friends so more the exposure, more strong your child’s social skills would be. Let your child make friends and go with them to parties and get together but in a limit. You can even arrange events in your home and invite friends of your child and neighbors. This would enable your child to make more friends and socialize.
4). Developing Trust
The development of trust is also very important, in this way you can provide your child a nurturing, warm and welcoming environment in your home. Always fulfill the promises you make and reward your child for his/her good behavior this would also let him/her learn to be responsible for his/her behavior too.
5). Be Consistent
Maintain a schedule, it will help your child to work on a routine. In this way children learn the rules and steps to do any work and would enhance manners in your child. When children follow a routine, they learn implementation and fairness as well.
At every stage of our life we need appreciation and likes it, so do our children. Always appreciate them for everything they do. Appreciate their ideas, opinions and satisfy your child with your answer. In this way children feel comfortable with the family members and share their desires, needs and thoughts with parents.
Not only this appreciation boosts confidence in children and they think that they are good enough to play with other kids and peers. Teach children to appreciate the people around them too.
7). Teach to Respect Others Along with Self Respect
If you would help your friend or anyone then your child would definitely observe you and learn it, in every case you have to set an example. Teach your child to respect the feelings and property of family members, friends and someone they know.
Awareness of ethics plays an important part in building social skills. Let your child know that you have to be interested not interesting, ask questions to others and listen to their answers. Lastly, teach your child to talk in turns, in this way you give respect to others and maintain your own self-respect as well.
Hope the tips mentioned, help you to develop social skills in your child, just follow them and see the results in the form of your child’s success.