Social development and my child’s age

6 December 2019

How is my child developing socially?

A child’s social development is built through contact with people and experiences. From family to school to hobbies. How does a child develop socially through the ages? How to promote social skills?

The evolution of my child’s social development

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

And this implies being able to communicate your emotions and therefore to manage them well. It is also important to learn how to consider the point of view of others before acting and to know how to resolve conflicts, cooperate and participate in group life.

As a marker of his social development, we will observe his abilities to make friends, get along with others, work in teams and be a good leader – and help him develop them.

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How is my child developing socially…

At the extracurricular age

Before entering school, children are normally able to :

  • Respect the imposed instructions
  • Playing in interaction with others
  • Accepting compromises
  • Use various forms of politeness
  • Show pride in their accomplishments

Social behaviors are worked on from an early age in order to provide children with the tools that will help them make the transition to the school world in a favorable way.

After 5 years

The child becomes more and more aware of his strengths and differences. Indeed, each child develops at his own pace. After 5 years, he begins to understand the social and family rules that he must respect.

So here are the emerging behaviors:

  • Seek adult approval and seek to please
  • Demonstrate 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…)

How to help my child’s development: activities as a social booster

Extracurricular activities have been proven to improve children’s academic success. During an activity, especially a physical one, children develop many skills that will make them better adults: discipline, determination, humility, team spirit, communication, perseverance, self-sacrifice, emotional management

It is especially outside the family framework that the child will learn to adjust his actions according to those of others, and in particular during his extra-curricular activities.

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