10 Social Skills Every Kid Should Know

Social skills are extremely important so kids need to learn them early. There are many verbal and non verbal ways to communicate, but there are ten social skills every kid should know. While every child may learn them differently, the following ten skills will help set them up for adulthood.

  • Introducing Yourself: It’s always impolite to be in a social setting a not introduce yourself. Whether it’s kindergarten, first grade, etc., kids should introduce themselves to their peers to they can be addressed properly.
  • Asking for Help: No one should ever be ashamed to ask for help. It’s normal to ask for assistance when one is unsure of him or herself. This can help build relationships and make friends.
  • Following Instructions: One of the biggest social skills one can learn is following instructions. Whether it’s at school, on the playground, at a soccer game or wherever, kids who learn to follow instructions will succeed better.
  • Staying on Task: Kids need to learn to focus and stay on task. Learning this will help them finish homework, chores and other tasks in a timely and orderly fashion.
  • Disagreeing Appropriately: Kids who don’t disagree appropriately can cause a big argument or even a fight. If not learned from an early age, the child can grow up to be blunt and difficult.
  • Accepting “No” for an Answer: This is a huge deal among Millennials with kids. Nowadays, parents often let their kids do what they want and get into things that aren’t theirs. This can be a huge problem as the child grows older. Telling your child “no” teaches them what they can and cannot do. They will also behave better if taught properly.
  • Showing Appreciation: Kids don’t understand appreciation without being taught. Parents should teach their kids to appreciate what they have and understand there are others less fortunate than they are, no matter how little they may have themselves. They should also be taught to appreciate all gestures, small or large.
  • Making an Apology: Sincere apologies can be few and far between sometimes. Children need to learn to apologize when they’ve made a mistake. This will help them make good relationships and understand each right from wrong.
  • Controlling Emotions: Random crying, whining and screaming aren’t something kids can grow up doing when they don’t get what they want. Teaching your child to control their emotions will help them with their behavior. They will understand when it’s okay to cry and not because they were told “no.”
  • Accepting Consequences or Criticism: Let’s face it, no one likes consequences when they’ve messed up. However, they are necessary so children learn right from wrong. Take away their TV time or send them to their room when they misbehave. This will shape them to behave better. Criticism can be misjudged by children. They may not understand that you’re trying to help them or direct them instead of degrading them.
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