The opportunity to begin bonding with a child happens when you hold them in your arms for the very first time. From then on, you are responsible for ensuring that every relationship they create is healthy.
The bonds a child creates with parents, family, children their own age, and other adults, are fundamental to their development. Children are not born with pre-developed social skills, so parents have to take an active role in preparing them to interact successfully with their peers. The best way to teach a child is by example. If a child sees the parents interacting and being kind, they will be more likely to follow suit. It helps the child to forge basic trust and the self-confidence necessary to go out and meet others, with a firm foundation on which they can develop positive social skills such as sharing, settling disputes, and respecting the needs of others.
Children develop much of their social skills by interacting with others starting at pre-school. But outside of this environment, here are some things you can do to make sure you children grow up to be confident, kind, and caring individuals.
All children need opportunities to mingle with other children of similar age, so invite other children over to play and interact with your child. They will learn to form friendships. This also helps them relate to children of different backgrounds.
- Invite other children to parks or to the beach with your child. This will teach them how to interact with children outside of a school setting.
- Individuality and self confidence. A very important part of a child's development is teaching them independence and confidence. This begins at home. One way to foster your child's individuality, is to allow your child to dress themselves. This teaches them confidence and helps them to develop their individual identity.
- Praise things they have done by themselves. Don't point it out if they put the clothes on wrong.They will soon realise it's on wrong, and you can show them the right way without them feeling that they failed.
- Forget perfection. They won't get things right the first time, so use the opportunity to show them the right way. For example, if they spill juice, show them how to clean up the spill.
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