What Can You Do To Ensure Social Development in Children?

Raising Responsible, Emotionally Mature Children
Written by Roger K. Allen

A toddler may feel secluded and lonely more so if her or she happens to be the only child in the family. However, it cannot be an excuse, which may deter the development of social and cognitive skills in your child.  Your child will learn the vital skills of adjusting and adapting if you allow exposure to surroundings and various people right from an early age.

If you wish to facilitate proper social development in children then you have to provide a platform where your child can interact with other kids. It will be wrong to think that a child with no other siblings is less capable of acquiring social skills.  You can give consideration to the under mentioned tips to optimize social development in your child.

Encourage Deep Bonding with Every Family Member

Family is the first school of social virtues.  It is important that you encourage your child to form a loving relationship with relatives and every family member.  Make sure that you child regularly meets with their cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents having a good time playing and talking to them. It will boost your child’s self-confidence. Moreover, it will help your toddler to not only pass out orders but be obedient too.

Make Sure They Spend Sufficient Time in Playground

Let your child to have a delightful time in the neighboring playground. It is a proven, effective and simple way to ensure that your child has sufficient social interaction.  Hence, your child will learn how to interact, mix, and make friends with other kids. Your child will gradually master the virtues of caring about others, sharing and listening to other viewpoints.  It is one of the best ways to prepare your child for schools shunning all apprehensions and reluctance to socialize with other children of his or her age.

Enroll Him in a Workshop, Camp, or a Class

Introducing a toddler to group activities for children can provide a wider scope of social development.  For example, summer camps can be a joyous way to sharpen your child’s social skills, as they will have the chance to meet and socialize with other toddlers. When you let your child to pursue something that he or she loves they will feel free to interact and make friends with others.  When your child takes part, in any group activity, it will let him or her to pick up the social skills needed to live in a civilized society.

Coach Your Toddler

You must make your child aware about the importance of interacting and talking to people.  You can ask him to show how he approaches people and help your child correct the mistakes so that he does it in a proper and dignified way. Else, you may accompany your child to a public place where other children are present.  Children are very good at acquiring vital skills that are evident inaction. When they will observe other toddlers to use these skills, they will feel the urge to try it.  

Spend Time with Your Child

Scientific studies have shown that when a child spends sufficient time with loving parents become kind hearted, generous, and in turn treat their counterparts with love and care. When you make time to play with your child you will be amazed how quickly a toddler can catch up with necessary skills necessary to thrive in a social setting.  If you reserve few hours to play with your toddler smiling laughing and making merry all the way you can teach him or her to be assertive, directive, and responsive.

Being the only child cannot be an excuse for having poor social skills. Let your child mingle with other people and evolve into a responsible social being.            

About the author

Roger K. Allen

Roger K. Allen--author, consultant, coach, and teacher--is an expert in personal and family development. He has created dozens of programs and trained more than 1200 consultants and coaches around the world to use his methods. Tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations have benefited from his life-changing programs.

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