How to Improve Your Child’s Socialisation Skills
As your child grows up, they will find themselves in new settings and social situations where they must interact and make friends with others. This can be a difficult thing to do, especially for children who may not know how to start a conversation and lack the confidence to put themselves out there. Here are a few tips that we’ve created to help you in improving your child’s socialisation skills.
Visiting friends and family can help children in developing their social skills. They will get used to seeing new faces and speaking to those around them.
A large part of communication is body language and eye contact can help to show others that we are engaged and interested in what they are saying. When talking to your child, hold good eye contact and encourage them to look at you whilst talking.
Ask Your Child Questions
Questions give us the opportunity to learn about those around us and are a good way for your child to make friends. They can learn about their peers and discover each other’s similarities and differences. To help your child get comfortable with asking questions, have a mock Q & A where you ask each other questions back and forth.
As humans we go through lots of different emotions – we feel sad, happy, angry, annoyed and the list goes on. When socialising it’s important that your child knows what’s going on around them and how others feel so that they can respond appropriately. You may help your child with them by working on their emotional intelligence and teaching them the facial expressions and body language that’s characteristic of each.
While you can’t train your child for every social interaction that they have, you can role play a few typical scenarios to help them get comfortable at introducing themselves and communicating with others. This can help with their nerves and make the process seem less daunting.
Be a Good Role Model
As their parent, your child will often look to you for answers which is why you should make sure to set a good example. Speak respectfully when talking to others, demonstrate patience and good communication skills.
Understanding Your Child
Like adults, children have their own personalities. Some are introverted and prefer quieter and more intimate spaces whilst those that are extroverted like the opposite. It’s important that whilst you’re helping your child to develop their confidence and social skills, that you’re respectful of their limits and not forcing them into a situation where they feel afraid and uncomfortable.