Teaching Your Kids To Reach Out and Make Friends


Socialization is an integral part of growing up. 

Children, at some point, need to go out into the world and make friends.  No man is indeed an island, and children need to learn this early on.  They need to know that life is more fun when they have other mates and buddies they can play with.

The challenge is that not all children are sociable.  Some are very shy and do not know how to connect with their peers.  Strong friendships are also important for their self-esteem and sense of belongingness.

As parents, it is your job to assist your kids when they are at the stage of building their first friendships.  Since your children are still very young to forge friendships on their own, you should be the one creating opportunities where they can find their new mates.

Below are a few simple strategies that will help you guide your children through these challenging social years:


 1.       Enrol them in playschool.

Children aged 2 to 4 are encouraged to attend playschool.  It is an informal environment where kids can interact with each other in age-appropriate activities led by a teacher.  This allows socialization while developing their cognitive and physical skills through play.


 2.       Organise playdates.

Gather your adult friends who have children of their own and ask them for play dates.  It opens the opportunity of your kid and your friend’s kid to become mates, too.  While you watch your kids play, you and your friend can also talk and catch up with each other’s lives.  Another upside to playdates is that you don’t have to spend money on tuition fees or use of equipment because it can be done in the comforts of your own home.

While the children play, you and your friend can also talk and catch up with each other lives.


3.       Consider getting them into team sports.

One of the best ways to teach your child some social skills is by signing him up on little leagues or sports that will require him to work with other children.  This reinforces the idea that they need to learn to work well with others to achieve a goal.  It is a good start to rearing a child to become comfortable in working with other people.


4.       Reconnect with relatives.

They say the closest friends one can get are their kin.  Call up your sister, brother or cousins who have kids and organise a mini-reunion where all of you can gather together with your children.  This allows you to reconnect with your blood relations while expanding your kids’ social circles to include cousins they may have never known.


By creating opportunities for your child to build friendships, you are helping him or her develop into a well-rounded, emotionally healthy human being.  Through this, children grow up to be confident and compassionate, thereby making them more ready to deal with challenges in the future.



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