Loading... Please wait...

Blog - social skills

6 More Social Skills Tips for the New Year

Posted by

Here are some more SOCIAL SKILLS tips to help you help your children learn ways to think, act, and behave that will enable them to get along well with others. Another benefit is these skills will better prepare them for BULLYING PREVENTION. 

1. When we GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT to a child for a job well done, a chore completed, a kind word spoken, a nice gesture or action performed, we show that child that we appreciate their efforts. They do want to please us. A child living with encouragement will learn how good that feels for him, and extend encouragement to others. Shower your child with praise via verbally, fist bumps, high fives, and thumbs up as often as possible. 

2. When we train a child to BE HELPFUL, we are offering that child a secure place in the family, or classroom. It boosts their confidence and assures them of your praise and acceptance. Even if they do something wrong, retrain them and begin again. It is a learning process. Teaching a child to show siblings, or fellow students, how to BE HELPFUL encourages the important values of patience, perseverance, and compassion. 

3. Along with being helpful, is the important lesson of learning how to COOPERATE WITH OTHERS. Children who go to preschool or daycare without learning this skill will have difficulty getting along with others and with learning. Start early with providing times when your children have opportunities to interact with other children, both of the same ages and different ages. Be present to provide the needed guidance as they learn give and take. 

4. For children to have friends, get along with other children, and be able to reject bullying, they must learn how to CARE ABOUT OTHERS. This is what we call "empathy." No child comes into the world knowing this. Their needs are paramount; from being fed when hungry, being changed when wet, to being held when not feeling well. Empathy is best taught at a young age; such as having sympathy for a sick pet, or a sibling's lost toy. Not doing this results in a self-centered child who could grow into a self-centered adult. 

5. Encourage your children to BE GENTLE. Start with how they speak. Model speaking softly and quietly. Show them how to BE GENTLE when interacting with others, as opposed to hitting, climbing on people or pets, running and jumping around where it annoys others. 

6. When we RESPECT THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS OF OTHERS, we can expect that they will do the same for us. Point out how others might be feeling in situations your child can understand. Some examples of this include: helping your child understand that his friend is sad because his dog died. Or, Grandma is upset because Grandpa is sick. You can also point out that the neighbors, who are of a different race and religion, have different customs from yours. Help your children learn some simple ways to prepare them for school and life. 

SOCIAL SKILLS will never go out of style. We may think they are unimportant, but they are the basis for our moral behavior and can help PREVENT BULLYING in your child's life.

5 Social Skills Tips for the New Year

Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, one important focus is to be on helping our children get along better with one another.  Another important focus is to provide them with some tools to help them reject bullying. There are many things that you can do to encourage your kids to have GOOD MANNERS and SOCIAL SKILLS.  These [...]

Read More »

New Year, New Awareness

While cleaning out some files recently, I found an article I had written in 2003. When I read it again, I realized it had application for today. The original article was entitled "Have our Manners Disappeared?" Some of it is paraphrased here. What did we bring with us as we crossed over into 2000? Many great [...]

Read More »

Gifts and Thank You Notes - Always a Dilemma

Gifts and Thank You Notes - Always a DilemmaWe are now in the midst of the biggest gift giving season of the year. We are all excited about being able to give a special gift, carefully selected for someone. And, we are all excited about receiving something special as well. But nothing matches the excitement we see on our [...]

Read More »

Holiday Hoopla

Holiday HooplaHolidays are a great time for getting together with family and friends. They remind us about caring for others, doing acts of kindness, and perhaps showing a bit more compassion than we normally would. They are also the most stressful time of the year. To keep the stress at a minimum, it can be helpful to [...]

Read More »

Manners Myths

Manners MythsManners, social skills, or etiquette rules have come into being because of a need for them. Some, such as the handshake, have been around a long time. Others, such as where to park your carriage (and what to do with the horse) when visiting someone's home, disappear because times have changed.  Many have become laws, especially traffic [...]

Read More »

Character Ed + Social Skills

Character Ed + Social SkillsMore many years, it was thought that character education was the solution to our bullying problem.  But the problem goes back more years than we have had character education.  Most experts believe that when manners, etiquette, and social skills went out of fashion in the 60's and 70's, we didn't take notice. [...]

Read More »

Social Skills help Combat Bullying

Social Skills help Combat BullyingTeaching children social skills helps them reject bullying in school, online, and other places. Recent research is supporting the need for social skills training, or social competence training, to equip kids with the tools they need to reject being bullied and being a kid who bullies. (Please notice that I do not refer to a child [...]

Read More »

When to Start Teaching Manners and Social Skills?

With bullying being at epidemic level, and research now supporting social skills or manners training as the missing link in bullying prevention, we need to address the issue of when to start teaching our children these skills.  Many people have asked me when they should start teaching their children manners.  My response is always sooner rather than [...]

Read More »

The Global Golden Rule

The Global Golden Rule      The basis for good manners, social skills, and civil, ethical behavior has always been The Golden Rule. A widely used version says, "Treat others the way that you want to be treated."  One of the most amazing things I found out when researching and writing two 10-hour manners and social [...]

Read More »

Sign up to our newsletter

Recent Updates