Well established social skills can not only help your child to form friendships, but these skills can also support your child in their future careers and throughout their life. Some children are naturally very sociable, while others may need a helping hand to build these invaluable skills.
There are many ways in which you can help your child develop their social skills. Here are a few tips from a prep school in the South West…
Be a good role model for your child
Be aware of how you talk to others and try to demonstrate good social skills and manners for your child to replicate. Demonstrate kindness and point out unkind behaviour in movies or stories.
If you want your children to be polite, then it is important that you remember to say please and thank you too. If you make a mistake or have a disagreement with your child, apologise later on and discuss your feelings together to understand how you can avoid a similar situation in the future.
Help your child to understand their feelings
Helping your child to develop their social skills isn’t just teaching them to follow rules and remember their manners. You must inspire them to think for themselves and understand feelings; both their own and those of others. By discussing feelings and emotions with your child you can help them to respect the feelings of others. You can also teach them how to manage their emotions and look after their mental wellbeing.
Encourage social activities
Help your child to build on their social skills by introducing them to performing arts or games like charades. These are great ways for children to explore and develop their communication skills. Through dancing, singing, acting or even reading aloud, children can develop invaluable social skills. These skills will be particularly helpful when they are interviewing for jobs in the future.