Believing in a friend is a powerful social skill. Teach your child to encourage other kids to try new and helpful activities. Start by encouraging your child. Use words that show your child you believe in her. Then suggest your child pass the encouragement on.
Here are 3 ways your child might encourage other kids:
1. Let's say your child's friend is having difficulty learning multiplication tables. When your child says, "You can learn this. Let's practice them together," her friend will enjoy their friendship even more because your daughter believed in her. One more thing, both kids will learn an important math skill for life.
2. Perhaps a school kid isn't very athletic. Even catching a throwing a ball is awkward. Your son says, "Let's practice catching and throwing after school when the other kids aren't around." As a result the school kid improves and joins the playground games at recess. Helping the boy throw and catch increased his athletic ability and gained your child a friend.
3. Imagine the neighbor girl received a new red bike for her birthday. She doesn't know how to ride it and has fallen several times. You hear your child say, "You can ride your bike. Let me help you." She practices what your child taught her. The girl and her parents will both appreciate your child for her encouragement and lessons. Now she rides her bike with your child to school every day.
Social Skills Conclusion:
Show your child you believe in her. Encourage her to believe in other kids too. When she believes in others she'll be making friends, practicing social skills, and building character.
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