As we all know, Man is a social animal, and socializing is one of the things humans do to make the world a better place. As a child, understanding the concept of socializing and having those social skills could be troublesome and are developed through time. As time passes by, kids eventually learn social skills by observing their parents, teachers, and other people around them, and with the help of their parents, they learn those skills easily. Having said that, many times children face a lot of problems interacting with people, talking effectively and in making friends and keeping them too. If you see your child having trouble socializing, then this article is just for you. This article discusses the ways through which you could help your child and improve your child’s social skills.
Ways to upgrade your Child’s Social Skills
Having social skills and appropriately interacting with the people around them is a very crucial aspect of a child’s life and is as important as in an adult’s life. Some children are more adaptable to social settings, while some children struggle with it. All children must learn social skills early in their life so as know the appropriate way to talk, interact, behave, and touch. Below are some ways through which you could enhance your child’s social skills:
One of the most essential things to do is allowing your child to ask questions and make your child learn to ask questions. It is one of the best ways to interact with people and to know more about them. By asking simple questions, one could engage and initiate a conversation. Facial expressions or the tone of your voice is equally important as asking questions or engaging in a conversation. By practising, one could enhance conversation skills.
Make your Child Understand Emotions
One of the major ways through which we, humans connect with each other is by understanding each other’s emotions. It is essential to know how the other person feels while having a conversation so that you could have a better understanding and form a connection.
Play a game with your child in which you could show different emotions by using your face, i.e., facial expression or by cards, and ask him/her to identify those emotions such as joy, nervousness, anger, excitement, disappointment and many more.
By playing this game, children tend to identity emotions easily when talking or connecting with others and could understand their emotions and the way other people might feel. You could also create different hypothetical situations in which you could ask your child, “How would you feel like if you were in that situation?” or “What would you do if you find yourself in their place” which would help your child to have empathy and be empathetic towards others and understand their situation. After they answer that question, you can always tell them the right thing to do in that situation.
Remember, when you were a kid, you used to play a game in which you could become a doctor, a teacher, a parent, and many more. You played a role and acted and behaved like that role. You could play that game or role play with your child. Role-playing helps children in understanding the way one behaves and what is appropriate and what’s not.
Children learn the language and could make friends while role-playing. They could develop social skills that would help them in their future life when they would be surrounded by a lot of people in their later stages of life. Children tend to understand the relationship and by pretending to be a parent, teacher, or anyone else they are provided with a safe environment to practice and at the same time learn social skills.
Having an Interactive Environment
Give your child space to interact with other children or elderly people by taking them to the playground, playdates, hobby classes, and sports. Push your child to participate in extracurricular activities such as being active in a sports team or music class after school. These type of platforms or settings provides your child with a healthy environment to interact with others. You could even organize play dates or join parent-child hobby classes which would boost your child’s confidence and would be able to talk with people efficiently.
Pay Attention to Nonverbal Skills
Watch your TV without any sound, though it might feel odd by this your child could understand the nonverbal skills by observing the character’s movements, body language. This helps your child in identifying nonverbal cues that would help in future life. Nonverbal skills are as important as verbal ones. To have a better connection with others, understanding their body movements and their behaviour helps the most.
Being a good role model for your kids helps in boosting their confidence and guides them on how to interact. Children learn by the things they see and follow those things so, try to observe yourself and improve your interacting skills and your child could observe them and follow those skills. Try to understand that it takes time to develop good social skills and improve throughout a lifetime.