School is fundamentally perceived as a place of academic learning. Parents are geared to encourage their children to do well in class and turn in their required work on time. However, social skills development in early childhood can easily be overlooked by some people because they perceive childhood as a carefree time.
A child’s early social interactions with people outside the family are usually gained at school, where he is exposed to his peers and figures of authority. He spends his time learning with his classmates, playing with other kids, and following directions from his teachers. Training your child to deal with the social aspect of school will better prepare him to be a well-adjusted individual. It is essential that parents pay attention to their children’s social skills and know how to develop social skills in children.
Here are some values, as discussed in Train Up a Child, ideally instilled in children in preparation for social interaction at school:
Social skills for children are largely developed at home while children interact with their family, the basic unit of society. Instilling essential values is essential in establishing a child’s morals and decision-making facilities, which creates a solid foundation of how he interacts with others. Ultimately, a child learns by example. He acquires social skills incrementally by observing how you deal with others and from his daily interactions with his family.
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Lock, Cheryl. 2013. “Improving Kids’ Social Skills.” Accessed September 13, 2017. http://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/improving-kids-social-skills/.
Pinola, Melanie. 2014. “How Can I Help My Kids Develop Better Social Skills?” Accessed September 13, 2017. http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-help-my-kids-develop-better-social-skills-1557575829.