One true fact about the world is that this world is not perfect. The imperfection of the world brings trouble, pain, suffering and sorrow to all of us. However, while we are aware of this, our children, on the other hand, are not. This, however, does not mean that they are immune or unaffected by the imperfection of the world. As a parent or guardian, it’s your responsibility to prepare your child adequately to face the troubles of life. One such way of doing this is to teach your child social skills as it is these skills which play a huge role in helping the child cope in difficult circumstances.
The problem that many parents face however is that they just don’t know how to teach and improve their children’s social skills. It is for this reason that we created this article, to share with you some tips on how you can improve your child’s social skills.
Give your child the Environment
Isolation is not good for your child. This, therefore, means it’s your responsibility to ensure that your child grows up in an environment in which she or he can communicate with others. Whether it’s at school, home or church, make sure that your child has other people around him/her at all times. As the child communicates with others, he will learn to read expressions better and generally to converse and socialize better with others. If there aren’t any children of the same age as your child in the neighbourhood you live in, you can take your child to a hobby class or a playground nearby so that at all times s/he is in the company of others. For yourself, you can always try some slots while your child mixesand mingle with others.
Encourage Your Child to Communicate More
It’s not enough to just take your kids to an environment in which they are surrounded by many others. Even among dozens of other children, some kids still find themselves lonely as they will be unable or afraid to communicate. Therefore, take it upon yourself to encourage your child to communicate more. If possible, you can search friends for your child whom you think your child will be able to bond well with. With you present (as a source of confidence to your child), let your child have a voice around others. When away from other children, on your own you can encourage your child to communicate by teaching him/her to use generous words such as ‘thank you’, ‘lets’ and ‘please’ among others.
Teach Your Child Emotions
One part of great social skills is being able to decipher emotions. As such, teach your child emotions. You can do this in either one of two ways. First of all, you can imitate a variety of emotions yourself and let your child tell if you are nervous, tired, excited, happy, disappointed or angered. Alternatively, you can make use of games that let your child identify emotion as different placards with different smiley icons arepresented.