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Raising children to become good and happy adults is definitely not an easy task. Nurturing and developing child’s social skills might be the most important part of education a parent can provide. Therefore, allowing children to freely express themselves and be open towards others while valuing themselves at the same time involves constant work.
Talk to your child
In order for a child to open up, talk about emotions and problems as well as good things that happened, you must be the one to give this opportunity. If you neglect meaningful talk time with your child, kids are likely to believe that this kind of behavior is normal and become withdrawn without even realizing it. Effortless conversation about everyday things as well as some deeper thoughts will benefit the children a lot in the department of social development even if they are not able to fully understand all the topics.
Provide your child with the company of others
As they grow up, children need to be surrounded with people and other kids outside their own family. They will probably be shy at first but will gradually get used to being around other people and communicating with them. This does not only apply to play dates with other kids and taking your child to the playground and park, but inviting your own adult friends from time to time so that the child can loosen up and become familiar with all kinds of socializing regardless of age. Moreover, when a child sees how close you are with your friends, you will set a good example to follow.
Encourage your child to participate
In case you notice that your child has problems approaching and playing with other kids, or notice that they spend most of their time alone in their room after school, you might want to use the child’s hobbies and interests to encourage him/her to take up some extracurricular activities and classes. Remember, you should encourage, not force your child to take action and sign up for something new. If you do this properly and get your child to start practicing a certain sport or join some creative class, they are more likely to find friends among others who share similar interests.
Organize great parties
Making a birthday party a blast for your child is one of the great solutions for promoting social contact and meaningful interaction with other children. Theme parties that involve some group activities are especially beneficial. Moreover, hiring professional kids party entertainers can help a lot with bringing children closer together, especially since these animators know how to deal with introverted children and use the fun time to allow the kids to play together.
It is important to stress that children learn and develop the best when they do not feel pressured to do so. Therefore, always respect your child’s wishes and use positive reinforcement and encouragement to guide your kids through life and open many different roads for them.