Social abilities or social skills are a group of abilities that help us communicate with other people, whether through words, body language, to our appearance.And you can teach this to children.
The good news is, social skills can be learned. So it's not about talent. Every child can have it. What's more, social skills are abilities that can be honed for life. The earlier you teach it, the more time your child will have to hone it.
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The Benefits of teaching social skills to children
Of course, before discussing what abilities need to be taught to children, of course you want to know the benefits. Here are the benefits of social skills for children:
- Have a strong friendship
At an early age, children will begin to form friendships with children their own age or playmates. With good social skills, he will easily make new friends and tend to get along with them. This friendship in childhood is very good for mental health of children. Children are not easily stressed and can enjoy their childhood happily.
- Tend to do better in school and work
As a parent, you want your children to be successful in the future. One way you can do this is by teaching them social skills. Why?
A study in the United States, conducted by researchers from Penn State and Duke University, found that children with social skills such as listening, sharing, cooperating at age 5 were more likely to want to continue their education to college and find jobs quickly.
- The chances of success are greater
In addition, a study found that the level of social and emotional abilities of children in kindergarten can be a factor for predicting his success rate in the future.
Social skills that you can teach your child
After knowing the benefits, what things can you teach your children? Here's the list.
In contrast to children aged three to six years who tend to be more stingy. However, when they were 7 years old, they were again motivated to share. Children who are happy with themselves tend to share more. Sharing also makes children's self-confidence increase.
You can educate children from an early age to share through food and toys. If developed, the attitude of sharing can turn into an attitude of altruism (generosity) which can be carried over to adulthood.
You can train your child to listen by reading stories to him. When reading a story be sure to stop for a moment and ask the child how far they are listening to the story. This skill will also help him become a good listener when it comes to friendship, romance, and work.
How to teach children manners can be started by training him to say the words "please", "sorry", and "thank you". At all times also teach children to use polite language, especially to older people.
Although sometimes children forget manners when their childish nature appears, keep trying to remind them. Praise him when he's acting on someone else and scold him for being rude.
You can practice cooperation by giving games that require cooperation. Can also ask siblings to tidy up their rooms together.
Always remind yourself of the benefits of working together. They will do tasks faster if done together.