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So, you might have noticed that your little one is starting to interact with other tiny tots (cue the adorable but slightly chaotic playdates). Just like planting seeds that grow into strong trees, teaching social skills early sets the stage for future success. Indeed, it’s all about building that rock-solid foundation for those oh-so-important social skills.

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • Why are socialisation skills important?
  • Signs that you’re child has difficulties with social skills
  • Effective ways to develop social skills

Why Are Socialisation Skills Important?

Socialisation skills aren’t just about playing nicely at playdates (though that’s a nice bonus). They’re the building blocks for your child’s future relationships, emotional well-being, and yes, even their success in school and beyond. According to a 2015 study, children who possess  “prosocial skills” – such as sharing, cooperating, and helping other kids – are more likely to thrive academically, maintain healthy friendships, and even land well-paying jobs when they become an adult. Who knew those toddler playdates were essentially preparing them for boardroom meetings?

Signs That You’re Child Has Difficulties With Social Skills

Have you ever seen your little one getting extra anxious around people and then rushing to hide behind your legs as soon as someone says “hi”? It’s kind of adorable, but it could also be a hint that they’re facing some challenges:

  • Limited eye contact: If your little one tends to shy away from locking eyes with others, it could be a clue that they might need a gentle nudge in the art of engaging with people.
  • Difficulty sharing: Indeed, sharing isn’t always a walk (or more likely, crawl) in the park for toddlers. But if your child is having a particularly tough time parting with their toys, it might be a signal that they are yet to fully develop the concept of sharing and taking turns.
  • Lack of verbal communication: While we don’t expect your baby to start quoting Shakespeare just yet, if you notice that your little one is unusually quiet or there’s a noticeable delay in their speech, it might be worth giving it a closer look (don’t fret, a combination of babbling and expressive gestures is also a positive sign – even if it sounds like gibberish to you).

Effective Ways To Develop Social Skills

Now that we’re on the same page about the importance of developing mini social butterflies, here are some strategies to turn your little introvert into the ultimate playdate:

  • Supermarket adventures: The grocery store is a goldmine for social learning. Teach them to say “hi” to the cashier and give fellow shoppers charming toddler waves (trust us, the “awws” are inevitable).
  • Playdates galore: Arrange playdates with their equally curious peers. Prepare for the chaos and remember, juice stains are like little badges of honour for parents.
  • Puppet pals and stuffed toys: Channel your inner puppeteer and create mini skits with your toddler’s stuffed animals. This genius move helps them understand conversations, emotions, and the power of imagination. The Grow With Me box includes various puppets and interactive books to help babies enter the world of socialisation from the comfort of their own home first.
  • Model behaviour: Show them the ropes by demonstrating polite behaviour like saying “please” and “thank you.” Bonus points if you can get them to say it without baby babble.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your toddler’s social prowess. It’s all about slowly setting them up for success in the big world of friendships, sharing, and human interaction. You’ll witness those first friendships, the heart-melting giggles during playdates, and yes, even the occasional squabbles over a stuffed dinosaur. You got this!

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