Every child needs nurturing in one way or another. However, developing their social skills is an area that should not be neglected. Children are inherently curious, but without being part of a social environment, they may not develop at the speed you’d like.
That is why day care classes can be great for children of all ages! Here are also some tips to assist you.
Improving the desired social traits
Encourage the child's leadership skills as much as possible, by giving them tasks or chores to do to make them feel in control and part of the rhythm of life. Involve them in conversations and activities, even if more adults are participating because the more they can talk to adults, the easier they will find being with children and therefore it will have a great positive effect.
Moderate involvement in quarrels between children
Quarrels are an integral part of the friendship between children. Much of the social learning in toddlers and children is done through the same quarrels. This is how they learn social norms, this is how they internalize that there is a right to be angry and also that they should apologize and move on. It is important that the parents intervene as little as possible in these quarrels, do not judge or try to decide who is right and who started the quarrel. The role of parents is to mediate between the children and offer solutions that can be used in the future as well. Teach the child dignity and integrity and that it is OK to lose sometimes.
Parents who put too much pressure on the child to have social connections and try to persuade them to play with friends when they don’t want to could have a reverse effect. This stress may cause the child to experience the social connection as something oppressive and unpleasant and develop resistance towards friends and society in general. They may feel more isolated; so do not force them to do what they truly do not want to do.
Habits from home
Children acquire social skills mainly from experiences at home. They also copy what they see at home; therefore you should practice what you preach. Share and be kind, help others and be polite. Children will follow suit.
Give value in class
Classes are a wonderful way to give children who are not socially acceptable a chance to change their social status and as a result to raise their self-image and gain confidence. Children participating in classes are exposed to social and cultural encounters with different children. The classes provide education for values such as: working together, working in a team, dealing with failure, developing leadership skills, complying with laws and more. Shy and introverted children can find means of expression in classes, and by finding out new hobbies that they may enjoy. If this isn’t nurtured, they may never find something that truly interests them and this would be sad. It truly is a wonderful prospect.