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Helping Your Kids With Their Social Skills

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Your child’s social interactions will play an essential role in their life, helping them grow and develop in both a personal way and with regards to their education. From a very young age, parents can assist their children with the development of strong social skills, while keeping in mind that children are instinctively more socially proficient than adults because they are less cynical and are yet to learn boundaries. I have teamed up with an independent school in Surrey to offer you the following advice. 

How to Behave Appropriately

Children learn particular behavior through observation of their parents and other persuasive people around them. However, they also need to determine which of their actions are or are not considered appropriate. As an example, you should explore the components of a healthy conversation; when someone else is speaking, they should listen and reply accordingly; they need to know that it’s rude to interrupt. As another example, when your child is playing with other children, they should share their toys, remember their manners, and under no circumstances should they tease or bully. What’s more, you should help your child understand how to react in an appropriate way when someone is emotional.

Help your kids have the right kind of social skills by heeding these small bits of advice. What would you add to this list? #parenting #parentingtips

How to React in a Suitable Way

Discuss the concept of facial expressions and body language with your little one by explaining that people don’t always have to use words to express how they’re feeling. To help them comprehend this concept, you could play a game where you pull a specific face, and they have to guess what you are feeling. If this doesn’t work, you could consider using drawings or flashcards. Primarily, being able to determine how a person feels like if they’re angry or sad will help your child know how to respond suitably. For instance, if someone is crying or shouting angrily, laughing is not a suitable reaction. Understanding body language will also help your child with their expression if they are not always sure how to put their feelings into words.

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Encourage Socialisation from a Young Age

If your child doesn’t get used to socializing with others from a young age, they may find it harder when they’re older. With this in mind, it’s vital that you surround them with lots of people, both adults and children, as early as possible so that they become used to meeting new people and communicating with others. Help them get used to regular social interactions by inviting their friends round to play and allowing them to join sports clubs or other extracurricular activities. Both public and independent schools tend to offer an abundance of extracurricular clubs to pupils to help them with their general personal development and socialization. 

What other tips would you add to helping your kids with their social skills?

12 thoughts on “Helping Your Kids With Their Social Skills”

  1. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    Helping your child navigate through childhood is so important but I also believe that they should learn how to communicate with other children – sometimes this means bickering. I think there is a point where you should step in but they also need to learn what others will and will not put up with.

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    • I agree. My kids get frustrated because I won’t always play a referee for them. I do think with the increase in technology, we’ve lost the fine art of knowing proper social skills.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope to see you again soon.

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  2. We started my toddler in nursery for this very reason. Social interaction is so important from an early age. Great advice. Especially about manners, which im a bit of a stickler for. #KCACOLS

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    • I’m also a stickler for manners. My kids still say sir and ma’am. They are also instructed to use please and thank you every chance they get.

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  3. A really great post. Kids brains are like sponges and they are learning from us all the time so it is important to make sure the right information and signals are reaching them. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS

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    • You’re right they do learn from us all the time. You never know what they are picking up from us. It amazes me how much of ME I see in my kids. I STRIVE to give them the best parts of me, but that doesn’t always happen.

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  4. This is a really tricky subject for us as our son is (‘severely’) autistic. He does have an understanding about facial expressions etc, but doesn’t really find them important, sort of. He’s nonverbal so doesn’t do conversations. I guess all the advice in this post can be very helpful for a more typically developing child, but if the neurological pathways are very different to the norm, then it can be pretty much impossible to pick up on these social skills.
    Our son went to playschool and school when he was younger, but now we’re home educating. I don’t think it made any significant difference to his social skills that he had plenty of opportunities to socialise from an early age, as the ability for him to do so wasn’t there. He might be starting to pick up on these things a little bit more now, with age and overall development x
    #KCACOLS
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    • I’m so glad you shared your input on this topic. I agree that in your situation things do have to be different. As you stated, the parents play a vital role in a chid’s development.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

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