Teaching Social Skills - Tips for Parents
- Promote self-esteem and confidence every chance you can. Catch your child doing something great and praise him/her.
- Build self-esteem by having your child make 3 positive statements about themselves or their school day each afternoon.
- Use time in the car commuting to talk about social skills.
- Teach children to smile and greet others in the community.
- Encourage children to place their own orders when you go out to eat.
- Use dinnertime to hold family conversations. This promotes good communication skills and is also a way to keep up to date on what is happening in your child’s life.
- Extracurricular activities are a great way to build social skills. Contact local community resources such as the public library, church youth groups, 4-H, scouting clubs, and community parks and recreation.
- Family game night- board games are an excellent by to teach skills such as “waiting your turn” and “being a good sport”. Game night is also a great way to start conversations with your child about there school day.
- Always be objective and understanding when talking with your child - do not lose your patience even though you are tempted to.
- Encourage your children to monitor their own behavior. For example: When your child is doing something right ask- "What is terrific about what you're doing right now?"
- With older children it is a good idea to set rules and consequences together. When a child is apart of the rule setting process, it helps them understand the rules and your expectations better.
- Try to find at least 3 opportunities every day to praise your child! The more praise, the better!
Websites of Interest
|Partnership for Children||http://ccpfc.org|
|Cumberland County Schools Website||http://www.ccs.k12.nc.us|
|Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens||http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/tech/tec14.shtm|
|PBS Inclusive Communities||http://www.pbs.org/parents/inclusivecommunities/|
|The Police Notebook||http://www.ou.edu/oupd/kidsafe/warn_kid.htm|