As a parent, you may be worried if your kid is not getting along with other kids. This is usually a bad sign that would eat into the child’s social skills. Therefore, you need to train your child to start getting along with other kids as early as possible. Noting the complexity of this matter, we will highlight ten ways to help your child get along with others.
- Teach your child skills to get along with others
The first thing that you need to start doing is teaching your child skills that would help him/her in getting along with others. Such skills may include teamwork, responsibility, and tolerance among others.
- Don’t admonish the kid but teach with love
You should not be quick to blame your child when he/she bothers others. When you constantly keep on blaming the child, the tension between him/her and others would only get worse, thus inhibiting his/her good relationship with others.
- Encourage sharing at home
Most kids do not understand the value of sharing with others because they are not taught that at home. If you have several kids, let them share all the toys together instead of having separate toys for each of your kids. Such a simple action would institute selflessness in the children.
If you do not have several children, you can still encourage sharing things between the child and the parents.
- Don’t compare your kid with others
One common mistake that most parents do is to compare their kids with others. Comparing your child with others only limits him/her. Do not even attempt to do a positive comparison; they don’t work with kids. When a kid is compared to others, he/she develops a bad attitude towards others.
- Create an atmosphere of kindness in the house
One of the best ways of getting your child to get along with others is creating an atmosphere of kindness at home. This would teach the child the importance of being kind to other people, hence improving his/her communication with other kids.
- Offer a reward for team effort
Well, you can borrow a leaf from Skinner’s behaviorism principles that require you to reward good behavior. When your child participates in a group, always ensure to reward him/her as a way of fostering that behavior.
- Give them enough personal space
Sometimes kids create a distance with others because they do not have enough personal space. Always ensure you have given your kids enough personal space to develop emotionally. This would help them appreciate others as well.
- Love your kid
Love is an integral element in promoting any good behavior. There is no way you can teach your child good manners without showing him/her some love. Therefore, ensure you love your kid.
- Always listen to them
When teaching your child how to listen, you should teach by example. This means that you should be willing to listen to your kid and understand him/her. When you do that, he/she will automatically develop the sense of listening to others since he/she will see its benefits.
- Be an example
Leading by example is also important when teaching your child to get along with other kids. You should also be nice to others so that your child can copy from you. As a parent, you should know that you are the immediate role model to the child, hence the need for showing a good example.
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