Does your kid quickly make friends? Or he hesitates and need time? Friendliness and confidence to make friends, is important for all children to develop so they can get along with others. Sometimes as adults who have had so many experiences meeting new people, we may forget how hard it can be for our kids to put themselves out there and talk to people they do not know.
Being a parent here is an excellent article for you to help your kid getting along with people well and making new friends. It can be easier if children are prepared ahead of time with ideas for interacting with others. Here are 10 activities to help kids make friends:
1) Practice introductions and asking questions.
Help your child make-believe that they are meeting a new friend by using a puppet. Encourage your child to find out more about the puppet by asking them their name, their favorite games, favorite foods, etc. This will help your child realize that questions are a way to find things in common with someone new, and can instill confidence to begin a conversation in the future.
2) Write a list of simple games and teach them.
Sometimes children can be anxious about what they will play with other kids (“What will we do?!”). Take out a piece of paper and make a list of five or more games that you child would like to play with someone else. This way they are ready to go up and ask someone to play a game with them, or they are prepared with some ideas if someone new comes up to them.
3) Look for what other children are interested in.
Show your child to find out and respect the interest of the other sometimes you can find clues about what someone likes by what they are wearing or doing. For example, if a person has a dinosaur back pack or always goes straight to the puzzles, teach them to start conversation by asking them about what they are doin
Explain and make your child understand the magic of smiling and let them know how this is a great way to invite someone into conversation.
5) Practice making a new friend at the park.
If your child is hesitant to make new friends at school, use the park as a place to practice creating friendships. It may be less intimidating outside the classroom environment to talk to someone new. You may like to help your child by walking with them and asking a new friend’s name, before letting your child take control of the conversation
6) Ask them about their best encounter:
Ask and discuss with your kid about which company and friend he enjoyed loads with. What exactly he liked and what made him happy about that friend? This will give you a insight about your own child’s interest and what draws him. You can accordingly give him tips on how to find out and bring out a mutual interest with new people around.
7) Prepare them for No
Explain and prepare your child for No. Not every one will be open to play and agree to quick friendships. If anyone would not like to share, talk, mingle much, it’s their choice and interest and it must be respected instead of feeling bad and lonely. They must either just watch and enjoy in what the other person is up to or find and go to someone else who is more friendly and open.
8) Play and Act
Play and act with them like a role play to be a new friend and appreciate them on their effort of making the new bonding .
9) Teach them the basics
Just teach them the basic mannerism of starting a conversation with any one new which we do as a parent but here it is specifically to deal with the same age group .
10) Be a role Model
Last but not the least you yourself as a mother or father must be a person who loves to mingle up with people and make new friends .your child will always look up to you, how you do it and tends to follow the tips even more sincerely.
Being a parent there are thousand other ways you can discover depending on your interaction with your toddlers to make them learn the way of being natural friendly and invite friends. So go ahead and apply the above tips and see the social positive change in your child.
Celeberating Childhood @ SJ