What does social communication mean for kids?
- Social communication is the basic skill for everyone to surive and develop in the society.
- Kids from 2 to 3 years old are not only communicating in their family but are also gradually in contact with others in the society, especially their peers.
- Knowing how to love and be loved in relationships creates a sense of comfort, security and confidence for your baby.
- Positive relationships will help children be aware of what is right or wrong and gain trust, empathy and compassion.
- Through social interactions, children learn behavioral skills and develop emotion.
Why help children learn social interaction?
- Children nowadays are more exposed to the outside world, not just within the family like before.
- Young children are not yet aware of social norms or how to behave properly and therefore they should be taught be adults.
- Babies in early childhood do not know how to socialize and hence need to learn gradually from adults.
- Children learn a lot of things from the people around, especially their peers.
- In this period
- At this stage, the child learns how to socialize and develop emotion primarily through imitation and role playing.
Advice for parents
1. Help your child understand his/her own feelings
- Careful observation: Children often do not hide their feelings so you just need to observe carefully to find out which way to behave appropriately.
- Help your child learn how to use words to express emotions and common expressions, using different emotional faces with words.
- Instead of letting your child “explode” emotions, try to teach him or her express it by speaking or acting in a way that does not hurt the other persons. And by doing so, he or she will feel better.
2. Encourage early friendship
- Create some games (games that each have a tool but must play together) and give instructions for the children to play together happily, avoid the conflict.
- Teach your child to share and play in turns.
- Ask your child to guess and imagine his or her friend’s feelings in specific situations.
- Share information about your child’s friends.
- Creat a friend book with pictures of your child’s friends and their favorite toys. Read the book for her and let her explore more about the book herself.
3. Give your child some certain personal rights
- Let your child propose the first idea in choosing a game and then discuss about it and agree on it.
- Participate in and support the games that your child is organizing.
- Follow your child’s instructions while playing, commenting and hinting at what he or she is doing.
- Children are the best learners when we let them play, explore and pursue their hobbies.
4. Help develop skills for children when they play harder games
- Sympathize with the frustration of your child when he or she fails.
- Ask the child the cause of the problem and then give suggestions.
- Ask your child if there are any new ideas.
- Support your child so that he or she can play better.
- Praise your child for the process, not just the result. Praise specific actions, not general things.
5. Help your child learn how to deal with conflict
- Encourage your child to describe feelings in a calm voice, not angry.
- Help her recall the process of what just happened.
- Point out the consequences that the behavior of the child brings.
- Suggest your child to ask help from others.
6. Help your child use language to describe feelings and experiences
- Play games to memorize common expressions of emotions.
- Encourage your child to express her feelings in words and actively share with others.
- Read children books and explain them.
7. Guide the rules and explain the reasons
- Talk about rules for your child in simple, easy-to-understand words.
- Give instructions about how to follow the allowed rules and limits.
- Remind children of the benefits of cooperation and the consequences of not following the rules.
- Give and explain examples to your child about basic rules that everyone has to follow.