Today, Abby went to one of the malls in our city to participate in the “Trick or Treat” which the mall had prepared for the kids in the celebration of Halloween.
4 Tips to help Increase your Toddler’s Socialization Skills
Toddlers are used to being around with the family and not having playmates at their age most of the time. Toddlers are the star of every home so it is normal for every family to let them do anything they want. However, time needs to come where your kids have to socialize one way or another – and knowing that they cannot be the “only star” of every environment. There are simple things that can help you guide your kids on their early stage of socialization.
Improve social interactions by teaching them social skills at home
Home is where your kids can learn attitude and behaviors. Teach them how to greet other kids and adults and carefully explain to them how good greeting others can do; also show them what people might think of them if they will not greet them properly. Teaching them what exact words to say and words to avoid can train them on the actual situation. Let these social interactions be practiced to each of the family members. Whenever they see their siblings early in the morning, tell them to greet them properly. If grandparents and cousins will come visit your home, tell your kids to greet them in a very nice way. Don’t let them be snobbish at an early age as this will make them snobbish all their life.
Teach them the art of sharing
Not sharing their toys is such a major turn-off for any child so teach your little ones how to share. Teach them not to say things such as “This is mine!” and “Don’t touch that!” Practice this as early as possible at home. Borrow some of their toys while they are playing and tell them how fun it is if they will be sharing toys with other kids. If in case your child says that there are some child who doesn’t let him play their toys, explain to your kid how poor that kind of behavior is and make sure that he will not be like that. Tell your kid not to get mad but instead let that kid knows that he can borrow your kid’s toys and who knows, that child may learn good behavior from your kid.
Have a regular playtime with other kids
If your group of friends have a lot of kids, always schedule a playtime for them. If there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, ask their parents for a playtime day as well. A regular playtime schedule with other kids can make your child accustomed to this kind of activity. It will let your child know that there are a lot of people he can play with other than family members. However, do understand that kids at this age most likely enjoy playing next to each other and not with each other – and this is just normal. It will still help them improve their social skills and by just the thought of seeing other kids play next to them can be very exciting for your child.
Allow them to participate in some kiddie activities
One perfect example, of course, is the Trick or treat which I mentioned earlier. Abby went home, with so many stories about her experiences and of course she enjoyed wearing her costume for the event.
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