There are many things a young child must learn, just as we did. It’s okay for them to make mistakes on this path, of course. Learning to be a brand new human being isn’t easy, and some say even a lifetime isn’t enough time for someone to learn all of its ins and outs. As parents though, we have certain responsibilities to our children, to make sure they are well developed and rounded.
Perhaps one of the most important efforts to make is to ensure our children are well socialized. In the midst of Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns, that might seem a little tricky right now – and we all would be forgiven for slacking a little in this regard. When we can though, it’s important to consider how to best help our children develop, especially if they show a shy or asocial streak to begin with. They need not be the biggest extrovert to get ahead in life, but a few of the following tips can help you nurture this most important of life lessons:
Socialization & Positive Reinforcement
Social skills are essential, but they’re hard to practice without the right feedback. That’s why the best daycare services often have more than one child in an environment with plenty of opportunities to share, enjoy socialization with their peers, and do so under the direct supervision of responsible adults. In this respect, freeing up your schedule with an essential service can give you peace of mind, helping them prepare for school even in small social ways. That has to be a worthwhile approach.
Rules & Sharing
Of course, having some rules in place that you consistently stick to will be important, particularly if your child has siblings. It might be that you set timings for the games console to ensure that everyone gets a chance, or that toys are shared and conflicts are mediated whenever one comes up, or that you teach them the concept of ‘taking turns’ by keeping an eye over who is pushing who the most on a swing. This way, you can see your child’s development, and if they need a little further encouragement.
Developing Confidence & Positive Behaviors
Of course, there are some tips and techniques that go above sharing a toy. Children also need to learn when to seek additional support from adults, such as when needing to tell an adult about bullying or a problem with another child. In this respect, it’s important to ensure our children know how to employ positive behaviors, what’s expected of them in certain circumstances, and why confidence helps lead to resolution. This could mean using positive reinforcement such as praise if they do use one of these behaviors, or if they enter a situation that requires thought and care to properly resolve. In this respect, we can make sure that our child knows what we like to see in them, and they will opt to seek out those behaviors more readily from that point on.
With these tips, I hope it helps you (or your family) to give your child the space to develop proper social skills – it can make all the difference.