Social skills do not come naturally to all children but they are important skills to learn. For example, children need to know when they can talk and when they should listen. They should be made aware of other’s personal space and know how to use their manners and be considerate to other people needs and wants. These are skills that as parents, we have to teach our children from an early age.
Why are Social Skills Important?
Teaching social skills to children is important as it will help them to build friendships and gain respect. This, in turn, can help with their self-esteem as they find it easier to be accepted by others.
Standing a certain distance from their peers whilst talking is important. You don’t want your child overcrowding someone so they feel they can’t breath. Recognising humour is also important in friendships. You want them to recognise a joke when they hear one or not to think that people are laughing at them.
It is also important that we teach our children to say appropriate things when meeting new people and know how to act in certain situations such as going out for dinner, spending days out with other families etc.
Does your child have all the social skills that you would like them to have? Talk to them about how they feel in social situations and if they feel they are struggling with anything. Or perhaps you have noticed they are lacking in some social skills.
Identify the skills your child needs help with and help them by giving them tips and ideas so that they can improve their skills and feel more confident in different social situations.