Learning how to express and manage feelings and how to get along with others are important life skills. They can help a child develop confidence in his or herself and determine how they fit into the world around them.
Here are 4 tips that may be beneficial in helping your child develop strong social and emotional skills:
How To Help Child To Build Positive Social Skills?
Consistency and support are key when promoting positive behavior.
Being a mother you will learn the importance of consistency firsthand through some trial-and-error methods. To make a difference and encourage positive behavior in your kids you need to lay down some house rules in place.
It is easier for your children to meet the expectations when they are consistent. Letting them know you are noticing the good behavior makes them want to do well.
Parents should also imbibe the type of behavior they want their child to show. When your child needs to calm down, support him or her by playing some calming music or helping them find a quiet place.
Relationship building is important.
As parents, spending even five or ten minutes alone daily with your child is very important and helpful.
Having one-on-one time with parent’s portraits that you love them and value their company.
Talk to your child about your friendships, to help spark conversation and what makes a good friend. Point it out to your child, when you see people caring for each other. It’s essential to talk over uncaring behavior, too: chat about bullying so your child can identify the signs and help stop it.
Help your child develop decision-making skills.
It’s just as important for your child to know you love them when they make mistakes as it is when they exhibit good behavior. Guidance and Encouragement is often more effective than punishment. Converse on how to make responsible and safe decisions. A good first step is to teach your child to stop and think before acting. If you see your child is about to take a wrong step, assist them stop and walk them through making a decision. Ask what they could do differently. Inspire them to think about their motivations. Know that peer pressure is powerful and may lead your child to do something they know is wrong.
Discuss your child’s feelings openly.
Ask your kids about what they are feeling. Listen to them without any judgments, and offer your help and support. Most children will be more trusting if they recognize that you respect their feelings.
Let your kid tell you how he feels, and then check in to make sure you are hearing him. If you are not sure of his/her emotions, you can ask them “It sounds like you’re excited but a little nervous about this. Is that right?’”
As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher, and have the ability to strongly influence healthy social and emotional development. Age-appropriate conversations will aid your kids shape their social skills.