Socialization is an important part of life. It’s vital for both kids and adults as they journey through life. In fact, this process needs to start during childhood to prepare the kids to interact and communicate properly with other children their age.
No man is an island as the saying goes. It’s true, therefore, that people need other people and establish relationships to lead a fulfilling life here on earth. As parents, then, you need to let your child spend time with other kids playing even in their toddler stage. Allowing your child to socialize is one way of helping him or her succeed in the areas of communication and developing independence.
Socialization helps greatly in developing a child’s traits that will let him succeed in his future life. It lets kids learn the value of friendship, humility, respect, sharing and enables them to adapt to different situations and to different people. In addition, socialization also teaches kids how to deal with various negative issues such as rejection, bullying and discrimination, among many others.
This process of social development involves different stages. From infancy, a child starts alone followed by a period of having one on one contact with another child. Eventually, the child is exposed to small and then larger groups as a toddler until he or she enters preschool.
Before they enter pre-school, it’s essential that children learn how to socialize. When they can adjust easily to various situations, it would be easy for them to start school and interact with their classmates without facing many problems.
As parents, you have to understand that although you’d like to protect your child as much as possible, you cannot do so for the rest of his life. But when have you an open mind and are open to exposing your children to the real world, you will be relieved and happy particularly when you see that your kids are able to stand on their own and enjoying life with their family and friends.
Life has its ups and downs and children need to experience this as well. It’s absolutely normal for them to get physically and emotionally hurt as they grow up but what matters is the moral support you provide to allow them to get up and move on despite the challenges they face. Overprotecting your child is never a good attitude as it will not teach your kid the right skills he or she will need to hurdle life’s challenges while growing up. Doing this will only rob them of their sense of independence and competency.
An effective way of helping your child in the area of socialization is to create a group among your close friends and schedule a weekly activity with them including your kids. You can hold your activities in different places each week such as in parks where the area is wide enough for your kids to enjoy playtime with other children.
Be patient with your children as you’re teaching them to socialize. Not all kids can easily develop their social skills so be observant with your child and do not push if he or she is quite shy and uncomfortable at first.