Teaching children social skills are one of the most important skills that you child will learn throughout their whole lives. Without the social skills how would they survive talking to others? They wouldn’t survive as they wouldn’t know how to communicate the respectful way with others. When teaching children social skills at a younger age they are able to grow in a more respectful and comfortable way. Here are some ways to teach your children the social skills that are needed.
Show them what to do
You children are going to remember what you do over what you tell them what they need to do. The best way for them to learn social skills is by doing what you want them to do. You need to make sure that you are practicing what you are telling them is important social skills. If you are not do the same motions that are being asked of your children they will not do them either.
Be ready to remind them what they need to do
It is going to take them time to learn what is expected to behave like in public. You will need to remind them to say please, thank you and other respectful things they should say. Sometimes if you wait a minute to remind them what to say it may come. If not they had forgotten and just need to remind them.
Make sure to praise and reinforce the behavior that you want
When you are praising them they are remembering at a later time that it was something good that they had done and to do it again. When they say it without being reminded it is time to praise them!
Make sure it is age appropriate
There are going to be certain social skills that you are going to teach your toddler that your teen isn’t going to need to be taught anymore. Make sure when you are teaching them the skills that are needed to do what will work best for what they need to learn. Obviously you will teach your toddler and preschooler that they need to say please, thank you, you’re welcome and other skills like that. Where with your teen you might be starting to teach them how to act at an interview for their new job. If you are teaching your child something that won’t help them at their age it will not be beneficial for them at all.
In the end remember when you are teaching your children social skills it needs to be the things that are important and that in order for them to learn them the best way you need to do it yourself and show them how to.
Can you think of other ways to help with teaching children social skills?
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