Social Development For Children

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Social Development in Children

Kids should learn how to get along with others in their life

Social development is our life’s need. Our kids are our reflection.

What we think, do and act have a lasting impression on their minds.

Researchers have pointed out in social psychology that the process of human interaction starts when a child is born, and when he or she interacts with his or her parents and its surroundings.

Some kids have a normal way of interacting with others but some kids face problems in interacting with their age fellows and the outside world.

This may be due to the late development of some kids from a social point of view or it depends upon how they have been treated by their parents and adults.

Social development of a child

Social development refers to the process by which a child learns to interact with others around them.

It is a life-long process. As kids develop and perceive their own individuality within their community, they also gain skills to communicate with other people and process their actions.

Social interaction

As adults, we communicate with others around us at work, home with our spouse, and with our kids.

In the same way, our kids watch us and talk to us this is called social interaction at home.

The skill is acquired through surroundings and most importantly at school.

Kids interact with their peers, teachers, and other people that are part of their life and neighborhood that leads to good social development.

Some kids tend to be social and some kids are shy and very timid.

They get sensitive over certain things which is not a healthy sign.

Parents should help their kids overcome their feelings of sensitivity as a learning process.

How to make healthy relationships With Children?

Healthy relationships are based on respect, trust, positivity, and freedom to express.

Respect is the most important ingredient that we all want in our life.

As adults we expect our kids and juniors to respect us and kids also want to be respected by their adults.

Social development and Healthy relationships with others can only be possible when kids feel safe around certain people in their life. For instance, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Healthy relationships never tease or taunt any kid.

In fact, being adults, we should discourage others to demotivate or taunt any kid that they are related to.

Safety is also important for a kid. They should feel safe when they are around their relatives, friends, or siblings.

They should feel they will not be ridiculed. If they are in a web of unhealthy relationships around them, they tend to feel depressed and can become ill physically as well as emotionally.

What to do when things do not work well?

Unhealthy relationships can cause kids to lose their self-esteem and confidence an retard their social development.

They will also lose interest in daily activities, games, and going to school.

Therefore, it is our responsibility to take great care of our kids when it comes to social interaction with others.

If they feel unsafe and unprotected, we should give them security and help them regain their self-control.

We should speak up for them when they find themselves vulnerable.

Ask your parents for help

As far as kids are concerned, they should also cooperate with their parents and share their true feelings about certain people in their lives who are proving to be toxic and harmful for their mental, physical and emotional health.

Kids should always speak up their mind in front of their parents and their teachers.

But if we find them behaving weirdly then we should approach them and ask them what is bothering them and guide them how to deal with people outside their home premises without compromising their self-respect.

Relationships with classmates, cousins and neighbors

We all are different and it is perfectly normal to be different.

But some kids and their class fellows find it weird to be around someone who is different and they start criticizing them.

Kids who are different then others find it difficult to cope with this situation and they give up which should not be the ideal choice.

Kids should be smart enough to understand that they are different than others and there is nothing to worry about but difference calls for celebration.

Happy relationships make you successful

Healthy, happy and positive relationships around kids make them achieve their goals and make them feel successful than those kids who are caught in a web of unhealthy and screwed up relationships around them.

Seek professional help if needed

For kids who are have problems socializing with their peers and age mates should not be ignored.

If they keep on showing absurd behavior then it is a red signal for parents to talk to their kids and ask them what they are going through at school.

Sometimes bullying bothers many kids at school which they cannot tell to anyone. If this is the case with your kid then it is time to seek professional help.

Social development for children is an important life skill to live a successful life. You can also read an Article of Social Development here

About The Author

Rabia Shaukat

Rabia Shaukat is a person of many talents. Mostly she loves to write on various and diverse topics on life. Born, brought up and schooled in Lahore, now she currently resides in the United States of America (USA) with family.