As a parent we want nothing more than our children to be happy and to have a good and healthy social life. When it does not work out that way there is often quite a bit of work to do to build them up and give them that confidence to initiate conversation and put themselves out there.
We hope our children are never in that situation.
Instead we want our children to have a healthy social life – lots of friends and being invited out to other friend’s houses and parties now and forever.
Here are 8 ways to help children have a healthy social life:
- We need to teach them the skills needed for friendships and talk to them regularly about how they are getting on with their friends.
- Help them be aware of those children who do not bring out the best in them or have an adverse effect on their behaviour.
- We can talk to them about problems they are having with friendships and teach them how to think through and solve them.
- We can share our values when it comes to friendships and find out what the child thinks is important. By having this discussion you will be encouraging your child to share their opinion and make healthy choices.
- We can teach them how to identify healthy relationships.
- We can discuss with them the kind of moral dilemmas they may face and what they would do.
- We can model and talk about our friendships.
- We can teach them how to be a good friend to others and be true to themselves.
These 8 ways are just a few ideas – there are plenty of other things you can do as a parent. What would you add?