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Developing social skills in your kids

on June 19, 2012

All the humanity is based on society. Adults certainly know how important it is to stay connected to their colleagues and peers if they are to have successful lives, but did you know that the number and strength of our social connections are also very important for happiness?

Stay Connected!

The quantity and quality of a person’s social connections—friendships, relationships with family members, closeness to neighbors, etc.—is so closely related to well-being and personal happiness the two can practically be equated. People with many friendships are less likely to experience sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, and problems with eating and sleeping.

As a parent, it is important to think about how we spend our time: if our happiness is best predicted by the quantity and quality of our relationships with others, how can we foster lots of strong relationships between our family and our communities. And yet more importantedly, how do we engage our kids in social activities to ensure their happiness.

Fostering strong relationships

When it comes to fostering social connections in kids, three arenas are imperative for discussion and development:

1. Family relationship: Where it all starts– establishing secure parent-child attachments has a great impact on emotional security that leads to social intelligence. Social and emotional intelligence is critical for forming strong relationships.

Family Bonds

2. Social virtues: As kids get older, having the skills to negotiate and maintain relationships becomes important. Having the skills to make or break a relationship are sharing, forgiveness, adjustment, and a clear communication. People who consciously practice expressing gratitude and appreciation have stronger relationships.

Social virtues

3. Altruism: Being kind to others, even strangers—does not only create deep and positive relationships, it also enhances the development of mental-emotional-spiritual faculties of your beloved child.



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