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Helping Your Child Develop their Social Skills

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Socialising is a key part of a child’s development that will allow them to grow, learn new skills, make friends and be a part of society. It’s why schools encourage a number of different activities and lessons for children to take part in to improve their communication and collaborative skills. Thanks to this private school in London, we take a look at some of the things you can implement if you want to start  helping your child develop their social skills and confidence.

Take part in sports

Sports are a great way of making new friends, communicating with others in the game and working together in winning or achieving a shared goal. Exercise is also known to boost your mood which makes socialising with others much easier and also helps to widen your child’s friendship circle at the same time. Signing your child up to a team sport such as a football team or badminton club will not only help them stay fit and learn new skills but it will also help them develop other areas of their socialisation skills.

Free play time

When children have the freedom to play outside, with friends or at a local park for instance, they have the chance to socialise with new people or improve their overall confidence in different places. Outdoor play time tends to make children curious and keen to explore as well which can boost their self-esteem too.

Inviting your child’s friends to your home

Encourage your child to ask their friends if they’d like to come over to your house for dinner. It’s a chance for you to meet your child’s closest friends but also to see how they interact with each other naturally. Be sure to give your children time alone with their friends so it’s not seen as interfering, but these chances are much more unique for your child to play and learn about their friends in a different way.

Get involved in events at school

There’s always a sports day or crafts fair for parents to get involved in, and you should jump at the chance when your child asks you to join in. It’s a way of seeing how your child can manage a different situation as well as conversing with teachers, friends and other staff at the school. You can also be reassured that your child is doing their best during their time in school.

 

We hope these work if you are helping your child develop their social skills and would love to hear of any additional methods you have.

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