How to develop social skills in your kids
As a parent, you want to give your children a fantastic childhood, one they look back on as an adult with fond memories. Your role is an important role, but exhausting, and sometimes juggling six things at once, you don’t realize how much time you are spending away from them. Is your child being meaningfully and positively engaged? If he or she is spending more time swiping and scrolling, instead of interaction with the real world, you need to act before it’s too late.
According to research, ninety percent of a child’s permanent foundation for brain development occurs in the early years. An overuse of gadgets can only stunt this growth and cause a negative impact on the child’s overall development. Your little ones face many challenges the day they open their eyes in this material world, and so developing their social skills and interacting with the world around them will be a critical part of their success and happiness. Are you ready to help them develop the desired social skills like talking effectively, interacting with people, being responsible for their behavior, making friends, awkwardness or empathizing, and giving compliments, etc.? Encourage them to make eye contact when talking to people. Teach them to learn to communicate effectively as this will help build their confidence. Your toddlers may need to practice every day to master this art.
A good way is to initiate games like ‘staring contest,’ tell your children to talk to their soft toys or tell you stories while looking into your eyes. Also, make them communicate, whether it is verbally or non-verbal, as this helps them to express, interact, and respond to social stimulus. Help your children learn appropriate greetings and responses and let them know that they are free to talk, ask, question, and communicate their needs, desires, beliefs, and ideas. As parents and grandparents, talk to them every day and make generous use of words like ‘please,’ ‘let’s,’ ‘thank you,’ ‘sorry,’ etc. Most importantly, encourage them to play outside with other kids and allow them to share their daily experiences with you. Practice this every day and see how your children grow to become role models.