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Social Skills and their Importance for Children

Social Skills and their Importance for Children

According to expert research, throughout the first years of life, the right side of the brain develops first. The right brain is usually known as the ‘social side’ and is responsible for creating social connections. Therefore, children must be socialising for these connections to properly form. With the rise of technology, social interaction among children has reduced significantly.

Developing both nonverbal and verbal communication skills in young children is important in developing empathy, language skills, creativity, confidence, and communication.

Social Skills to develop in your children:

Sharing

Teach children the importance of sharing and taking turns with others through play.

Practice Patience

Practice patience by teaching children to wait their turn or through games that require them to stop-start.

Allow your child to fail

When a child is constantly ‘winning’ a game or sheltered from failure, they are usually angered when this does happen, particularly against other people.

Encourage your Child to Speak about their Emotions

Teaching children to recognise their emotions and learn how to speak about their feelings or to act appropriately when they are feeling a certain way can be beneficial to all social situations.

‘Teaching children: kindness, empathy and compassion are not simply a lesson learnt in the classroom. They are values that children need to see and experience frequently.’