How can I encourage my child's social development?

From an early age, a child’s way of relating to others is determined by his or her temperament, which is partly genetically determined. However, his social skills continue to develop as he comes into contact with people and experiences, from family to school to hobbies.

“My child has no friends”, “My child is lonely”, “My child doesn’t communicate with us”.

Social development refers to the ability to build positive, healthy and harmonious relationships with others.

This means being able to communicate emotions and manage them well, taking into account the point of view of others before acting, resolving conflicts, cooperating and participating in group life.

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Tips to facilitate your child's social development

The importance of children's social development

The social aspect is very important at the dawn of school. The children will have to face
much larger sphere than the micro-society in which they had evolved until then, in the
within the family circle or childcare services.

Favoring early intervention will help a child develop his or her abilities; it’s by
meeting new people, rubbing shoulders with different social worlds and
by appropriating new rules, children enrich their social life and develop their self-confidence.

In the family, at school or during extracurricular activities, these encounters contribute to the
personal development, personality and social integration.

Social development before the age of 4?

Here are some of the social skills that children are able to use before entering school

  • Comply with instructions
  • Playing in interaction with others
  • Act differently in front of a stranger or a person in authority
  • Accepting compromises
  • Use various forms of politeness
  • Show pride in their achievements
  • Recognize, name and control their emotions
  • Living in a community, showing importance for others

Social behavior is learned from an early age. Children need
tools, passed on by their families or teachers, to help them move towards the
school world.

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And after 5 years?

Each child develops at his or her own pace. After 5 years, he began to understand
social and family rules. Emerging behaviours :

  • Seeking adult approval and trying to please
  • Cooperate within a group (with adult support)
  • Assert yourself, speak in public with ease
  • Rivalry and conflict
  • Working on a group project
  • Be competitive and compare your abilities
  • Be able to apologize and find gestures of reparation (tenderness, gift…)

Children become increasingly aware of their strengths and differences. Like
marker of his social development, we’ll be observing his ability to make friends, to
to get along with others, work as a team and be a good leader – and help him to do so.
to develop.

Activities as a social booster

Extracurricular activities have been shown to improve academic success in children.
(Seeour eBook on the benefits of extracurricular activities). During an activity, and
particularly physical, children develop many of the skills that will make them
best adults: discipline, determination, humility, team spirit, communication,
perseverance, self-sacrifice, emotional management…

In a nutshell

Outside the family environment, children learn to adjust their actions to those of others.

It’s when children develop a sense of belonging to a team that they better understand the need to respect the rules and be true to their commitments.

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