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Three Steps To Boost Your Child’s Social Skills
Three Steps To Boost Your Child's Social Skills
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Three Steps To Boost Your Child’s Social Skills

Every child loves to build, interact and socialise with their peers as they develop. They thrive well when they are comfortable in their spaces and with other like minds, making them more confident about themselves.

Social skills are the vital ingredients needed to achieve this. Do you want your child to be active, interactive and empathetic? Start by equipping them with essential social skills in their early developmental stages.

According to Gresham & Elliot (1990), Social skills are “socially acceptable learned behaviour that enables an individual to interact effectively with others and avoid or escape negative social interaction with others”.

Social skills can also be a series of verbal and non-verbal cues a child employs in interacting with peers, people, and in the family setting.

Social skills are significant in every child’s life, and it isn’t the duty of just teachers to build a child’s social skills but also parents.

A child starts growing up at home before enrolling in a school, so every training the child should receive must first come from the family before being tested and nurtured in the school.

If a child misses the nurturing of these social skills from the family, there is a likelihood it will affect their social and mental skills in school. Lack of social skills could also have a lasting effect on the child as they develop into adults.

As parents, we should always thrive and be actively part of our child’s early development, even when they become adults, be there for them, helping to improve and improve their social skills.

The following steps are practical tips parents can implement in boosting their child’s social skills but before we delve into them, let’s know the types of social skills.

Types Of Social Skills

Some essential social skills help a child build relationships with family, friends, and others. They include:

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Assertion
  • Self-control
  • Listening
  • Responsibility

Now, you know some vital social skills essential for a child. How do you boost them? Let’s delve into it!

Three Steps To Boost Your Child’s Social Skills

Children, like all higher animals, grow older; they unconsciously shed off habits and skills, especially if they are redundant or haven’t practised them for a long time.

As parents, we can boost these social skills consistently in our children and help them understand their importance.

Parents can implement the following steps to boost their child’s social skills. They include:

  • Educating Your  Child On Empathy:

Empathy understands how people feel and share their experiences. In simpler terms, it’s imagining yourself in their situation.

Educate your child on empathy, and use experiences or situations to help them interpret it better. Say you and your child went to the mall and came across a homeless elderly soliciting for help; you reached out and assisted. When you get home, you could use that situation in educating your child by asking questions like “How would you feel if something like that happens to you?” and ” What did the scenario teach you?”.

  • Align With Your Child’s Interests:

Say your child enjoys soccer, chess, or scrabble. Create a time that works for both of you to play any of their interests.

Also, encourage your child to align with like minds, i.e. peers that enjoy the same activities as your child.

Children tend to be at their highest peak when they partake in activities of their interests. So cheer your child up, encourage them to do what they love, and above all, align with their interests.

  • Understand Your Child’s Limit:

Every child has their limitations and successes. As parents, they understand these differences can help you grow and boost some essential social skills in your children.

If your child is an introvert, don’t expect them to be chirpy and interactive with everyone, but you could expect such traits from an extrovert child.

So,  if your child is slowly learning these social skills, take it easy on them. Be patient, consistent, and teach with love.

Remember, every child’s learning phase is different.

Conclusion

There you have three steps to boost your child’s social skills.

Social skills are vital in improving children’s mental health and growth. As parents, we must ensure that they are equipped with these social skills to help them build excellent relationships with people and proffer solutions when they face issues in adulthood.

As you employ these steps in boosting your child’s social skills, don’t forget to train with care and love.

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