Human being is a social animal. Hence, social skills play prime role in helping the child develop healthy, consistent and fruitful relationships in life. For this a child’s character has to be moulded in a way that he understands the importance of social skills and genuinely becomes comfortable and fond of interacting with people.

Understand a child’s psyche

No child is born with qualities of sharing and loving. In fact, children are possessive by nature and sharing their toys or attention is not easy for them. So, don’t ever label or criticise your child for being selfish, instead guide him towards the desired behaviour.

Develop respect for other people’s feelings

The first step comes by making your child understand that each person has feelings and they should be respected. This quality is best acquired when the child himself is treated with respect and his feelings are given importance.

Motivate your child

Nothing works like self-motivation. Show your child benefits of cooperating, talking politely and pleasing others. When your child realizes how he is being loved and liked, has so many friends, is appreciated, he’ll automatically be inclined to act in the desired way.

Give opportunities of interaction

Take your child to the park, to the places of friends or relatives, take him often to parties or family get-togethers, and organise small parties of children at home. The more your child gets to meet people, the more he’ll become comfortable and begin to enjoy the company of people.

Give confidence to your child

Don’t ever pressurise your child to make friends or interact with guests. Respect his choice of friends or the fact that he prefers a small group rather than lots of friends. Give your child unconditional love, loads of appreciation and keep guiding him without that expecting instant results so that he becomes confident to meet and express in front of people.

This article appeared in Hindustan Times

Sudha Gupta

Mrs. Sudha Gupta, Chairperson of Mother's Pride Pre-School and Presidium Senior Secondary School, is a sought-after expert on parenting.

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