Making friends can be difficult for all children and adults, whether or not they struggle with their social skills. While a lack of self-esteem can contribute to a poor development of social skills, they are still vital tools in need of development! Improving your child’s social skills might seem like something that you can’t play a part in, but that’s far from the case. Here are some of the best ways that we have found to improve your child’s social skills.
Teach Your Child to Ask Questions
Asking questions is a great way to hone valuable social skills. Practice conversation with your child by asking them questions and then having them respond with questions of their own. It’s important also to teach your child listening skills. It’s just as important to ask questions to build a relationship as it is to listen to the answers that other give. If your child isn’t sure what to ask about, encourage them to start with something that they like. If you have a pet at home, your child can ask someone else if they have a pet. If they love a particular television show or movie, they can ask if their new friend has ever watched it.
Just like adults meet up for dinner or drinks to improve and hone their social skills, kids can benefit from activities designed to boost their social skills. Set up fun activities that your child can do with other kids in their class, whether it’s taking a trip to a children’s museum or making pizza at home. When you encourage your child to spend time with other kids doing fun activities, they will practice their social skills without even realizing it.
Know What the Limits Are
When encouraging your child to develop better social skills, keep in mind that everyone has their limit. Don’t schedule too many activities back to back or put extra pressure on your child. If you make your child dread spending time with other kids, their social skills will not improve at all!
Challenge 4 Kids Can Help Your Kids Achieve Success In and Out of the Classroom
Challenge 4 Kids is a dynamic program aiming to support the schools that provide the educational foundation every child needs today and shape young people into the leaders and movers-and-shakers of tomorrow. We utilize L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Effective Communications, Attitude, and Development of People Skills) principles to help your kids grow as individuals and fundraise for your school. To learn more about how we can help your school and your child achieve fundraising success, contact us online or give us a call at (443) 429-4356. To get more fun ideas for your family and fundraising, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest!
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