Best 10 Ways To Develop Social Skills In Your Kids
“Kids are born smart,” a favorite saying which you must have heard many times. We always want our toddlers to develop skills and learn the best. I too want my kid to grow into a well-adjusted, happy person in life. But for that, our kids must be prepared to interact with the outer world. Have you ever thought of the challenges your kid must be facing every day to cope up with the difficulties in this world? Are you ready to help your kid meet the issues boldly? Yes, you will have to help develop the social skills in your kid right from his childhood.
What can be some of the challenges your kid might face?
There are many scenarios which sight that your kid might be facing some challenges while trying to interact with the outer world. Listening, making friends, teasing, bullying is few of the uneasiness your kid might meet. Moreover, being responsible for their behavior is very much necessary. Unpopularity, fewer interactions, finding difficulty in accepting anything can also be few other reasons of problems your kid might be facing. So, get ready to help them get out of these.
How important is it for your baby to develop social skills?
Social skills are indeed an integral part of human life and hence to understand these it is much essential to teach them. Ways to communicate with others, manners, expressing feelings are only just a few ways to be shown at the different age of your kid. Let us now see the ten best means by which we can develop the social skills in them.
Ten different ways to establish your kid's social skills:
1. Express Emotions:
You surely need to teach your kid to express emotions. Let them understand the different feelings we tend to show in our daily routine. Happiness, excitement, disappointment, tiredness, nervous, joy, anger, mischief, danger, terror, etc. are a few of the emotions that your kid should understand. Teach them these emotions while playing.
How? You can make a game out of it so that it becomes more expressive with actions too. However, you need to show your kids these emotions as a mode of communication to them so that they underrate the meaning and value of it.
2. Communicate Maximum:
Communication is vital in every people’s life. Be it verbal or non-verbal, teach your children to express their feelings. It is essential for the kids to understand, respond and interact with the social world. Many kids feel shy to communicate their needs. Hence, start talking with them. You can start the day by greeting and talking with them so that they understand the importance right from childhood. Words such as ‘thank you,’ ‘please’ should be taught so that they know to be generous. Ask your children about their desires, needs, ideas and their beliefs. This would help them communicate and create a strong bonding between you two.
I have already started for mine and he understands a few gestures.
Wandering how this can develop social skills? Yes, it can. Talking with your kid’s eye contact will help them to build confidence and communicate effectively. You can also let your toddler talk to their best toys. Start telling stories or singing rhymes keeping direct eye contact with them.
4. Accompany Your Child:
Yes, this is of utmost importance. A lonely child may not interact with the outer world. Try keeping your toddler happy and engage him in the surrounding environment.
Go outside and accompany your toddler to the playground and give him chances of interacting with different types of people. Interacting with other kids will help in building your kids interpersonal skills.
5. Start a Conversation:
Talk more and more with your kid. Yes, starting a conversation and not deviating from the topic with your toddler would help him understand the significance of communicating with an elder. This would also enhance the bonding and help in near future.
Don’t ask me what my topics are. Those are real random stuff.
6. Start Taking Turns:
Taking turns is another skill by which you can develop in your kid. Start drawing with them since kids usually love colors. You color one and let your kid take the next turn. This way it is for sure that your toddler will understand the importance of turns in doing anything in life.
7. Try Following Their Interest:
We all like doing things that interest us, isn’t it? Kids too are no different. They feel more comfortable in doing what interests them and you, as a parent should help in growing up your kid’s interest. Start doing the same things with kids. This makes them understand that they do have someone beside them on the work that interests them.
8. Invite kids friends:
Kids usually have lots of friends and they play the best with them. Kids remain happy all through their play time and home is the place where a kid is much comfortable. So, give him the comfort zone by inviting his friends so that they can interact and play together.
9. Raise Awareness:
It is always good to be very honest with the needs of the kids. Create awareness wherever and whenever you feel is best for your kid. In this cruel world our kids are not safe, whether it girl or boy, so teach them about good and bad touch. This would help them fight boldly the outer universe in the long run.
10. Tone your voice:
Try matching the tone of your voice with the emotion you are trying to portrait. There are many ways of doing this. A few like voice recordings, mimicry as in the televisions or role play and many more. Set the tone of your voice along with the emotions to your kid.
So why wait? Try these unique ten ways with your kid and see the difference in developing their social skills. This is sure to help you raise your kid to be more confident, secure, honest and a good human being. I have already started almost all of them. All the best parents!
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