Supporting your child’s social wellbeing

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The importance of supporting child social well-being, particularly in the context of making friends, cannot be overstated.

How you teach your children to socialise and relate to others will impact how they build relationships and friendships with others.

As social creatures, human beings thrive on connections, a sense of belonging, and nurturing relationships. Enhancing your child’s social and relationship skills becomes is imperative for their long-term development and social skills. By actively engaging with your children, you can provide them with opportunities to develop and strengthen their ability to connect with others, fostering meaningful friendships that contribute to their overall happiness and well-being.

  • Tune in and have real conversations. Make time to have conversations about topics that interest them. Ask for their ideas and opinions and really listen to their input. Even younger children have ideas and opinions about things in their world. 
  • Practise social skills. You can teach and practice social skills with your kids through play, games and family activities. Skills can include sharing, cooperating, negotiating, problem solving, listening and using manners. 
  • Have discussions about friends. Discuss healthy and unhealthy friendships. Talk about topics such as – What makes a good friend, what is the difference between being popular and being a good friend, how to look after your friendships. 
  • Encourage Inclusion and Empathy
    Teach your child the value of inclusion and empathy. Encourage them to reach out and include others who may be feeling left out or lonely. Help them understand different perspectives and feelings, fostering a sense of compassion towards their friends.
  • Model Healthy Friendships
    Children learn by observing their parents and caregivers. Model healthy friendships in your own life, demonstrating qualities such as trust, respect, and support. Show them how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and prioritise the well-being of their friends.
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