Has your child been cringing away from being social lately? Has he stopped talking about his friends or bringing them home? Has he been keeping to his room when you have guests over?
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring this as shyness or inhibition. This sort of child behavior can be a wake-up alarm for you.
If your child is facing difficulty in interacting with people or making new friends, it might lead to your child becoming a loner.
Making friends plays a vital role in shaping social and emotional behavior of your children. If your child is introvert and hesitates in building and developing friendships at school and play, it is a time for you to help and motivate your child to make friends.
Though kindergarten and grade-school facilitate socialization among children, primary education always begins at home. Take note of some useful parenting advice on how you can help your child in making friends:
Encourage your children to share their experiences
Strike a friendly discussion with your children while you drive him home from school. It is good practice to start with your experiences through the day rather than asking him about his day. It will encourage your child to join the conversation with his share of experiences.
Help her take up a sport or her favorite activity
Offer a multitude of opportunities for your child to interact and socialize with other children. Participating in team sports and activities such as pottery, art, drama or dance class provides ample opportunities to make friends with children of same interests and preferences.
Keep an eye on him while he interacts with other kids
It is very important for you to watch your children when they start developing friendships. Make sure he is interacting with the good, well brought up children and learning positive discipline.
Also notice any signs of aggressiveness, bullying or depression and try to nip it in the bud. It is your responsibility to help your child make good friends and avoid bad company.
Make him aware of potential fears and concerns
Prepare your child to deal with any potential fears or concerns during the course of making new friends at school or play. Tell him not to trust strangers.
Tell him to stay away from peers who do drugs or indulge in unfair practices.You can also advice him not to accept anything from the people who look suspicious.
Watching motivational videos and reading books
Help him develop the habit of watching motivational videos and reading books. Suggest him books with colorful images and social message. Read him friendship tales that talk about the importance of having good friends.