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How to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

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Teach about basic manners

Children often do not know basic manners, so these are necessary to teach. Explain to kids it's very important to say please, thank you, excuse me, and other forms of common manners. Make a rule in your home about remembering for kids pleases and thank-you. This will show children how to convey positive manners. When child learn about manners they learn also social skill.


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Give them the environment

A lonely child may have difficulty in interacting with the world. Give your children good company, exposure, and chances to interact with different types of people. Kids with social skill deficits often have trouble reading expressions and interacting socially. So activities that get them more comfortable with these situations are a great idea. Playschools, hobby classes, playgrounds, sports activities, etc., will give them a chance to socialize. When kids mingle with other kids or elders, they develop a range of interpersonal skills that become the foundation of their personality.


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Model good behavior

A nice way to help your kid understand social skills is to simply model good behavior yourself. Be respectful of others during your day-to-day life. If your take shopping for your kids, make polite conversation with the cashier. When you pick your child up after school, be kind and soft to other parents, teachers, and school officials. Children look up to their parents and will pick up on good habits from observing you. So you can learn good behavior your kids.


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Encourage eye-contact

When talking to somebody, encourage your children to look into their eyes and talk for effective communication and to build confidence. Making a contest out of making eye contact with you can challenge some kids. Try games like ‘staring contest,’ tell your children to talk to their soft toys. Try games like ‘staring contest,’ tell your children to talk to their soft toys. Good, solid eye contact show others that we are both interested in what they have to say and that we have confidence in our ability to listen.


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Teach them emotions

Emotional charades is a great game designed to teach children to read nonverbal social cues. Let your children imitate a variety of emotions—joy, anger, disappointment, excitement, mischief, weirdness, nervousness, tiredness, terror, danger, etc. Play ‘identify the emotion’ game by making faces or holding placards of different smiley. This can help teach kids to recognize what someone looks like when they're experiencing a certain emotion.


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Supporting Your Child's Social Life

Friendships are important to a child's social development. Support friendships of your children. In order to help your child develop social skills, support his/her friendships. Help them blossom and develop. Take your kids to social events where he/she will meet friends. Help your child deal with rifts with friendships. Explain that it's normal for friends to fight or get angry with one another. Encourage your child to feel sorry, if he or she hurts a friend's feelings. Have encourage your kids play team sports. Research shows important social skills, like leadership and empathy, can be learned through team sports. If your kids are interested in sports, consider enrolling them in a little league team of some kind.


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