Developing positive relationships with peers is one of the essential acts of development a child will go through when growing up. While a child can learn how to make friends and build rapport with others naturally, there are many ways to improve a child’s daily interaction. Here are some suggestions to help your child develop positive relationships at a young age.
Timidity is a common trait with children, and it can be especially daunting for them to initiate conversations or ask to get involved in activities with strangers. However, this situations presents an opportunity to build confidence in your child. You can role-play with your child to help daily interaction scenarios he or she may face. For example, you can approach your child, asking if you can take part in the activity they are engaging in. This could promote the child to think of appropriate responses to each situation. There are other ways to build your child’s confidence. You could schedule small play dates so that your child does not feel bombarded. As a child’s confidence builds through smaller relationships, they can naturally progress into larger groups. Success is one of the best confidence builders in a child or even a teen. As Diamond Ranch Academy explains, “when students leave, graduate, or move on to college, they exude confidence and take away skills that otherwise would take a lifetime to learn.” Allow them the chance to succeed on their own and they will quickly become more sure of themselves.
Modeling Proper Behavior
Children from a young age learn to model their behavior after who they associate closest with — most often their parents. Therefore, it is highly important for adults to relay the behavior that they would like to see passed on to their child. If your child happens to see you helping others, speaking in a kind manner and treating others with respect, those traits will rub off on your children. These characteristics also prove to be important when developing relationships, especially at a younger age.
According to Common Sense Media, 65% of children under eight years old watch television daily. Concerning actual time, the average time children watch television or media daily equates to about 100 minutes. Watching television and using electronics should not be deterred, but it is crucial to behoove your child to be more interactive. Excessive media consumption can compromise daily interaction and promote complacency. If you wish to encourage your child to practice better relationship-building habits, it begins by avoiding activities that require no effort.
Respect Your Child’s Feelings
Accepting your child’s feelings in any situation can teach them to trust their unique instincts. Not only does this help how they initiate any daily interaction they might have, but it is vital for their development into their teenage and young adult years. Accepting what your child is feeling may prompt them to be more open and share sensitive topics with you as you grow up.
Be Interested In Your Child’s Activities
Showing interest in your child is a significant act of positive reinforcement that you can give with little effort. If you happen to see, your child reading a book, doing homework or playing a game, interject yourself into your child’s world. The knowledge that you have an interest in what they are doing can lead to positive feelings within your child that promote confidence in developing relationships. There may be something that you can do together with your child at this very moment.
Through relationships, children cannot only learn more about themselves but understand others. Hopefully, this guide can assist you on your journey into helping your child develop positive interactions that become fruitful as they continue to grow.