4 ways to develop your preschooler social skills

By Lynn Wee   — December 09, 2016
  • 4 ways to develop your preschooler social skills
    1 / 5 4 ways to develop your preschooler social skills

    Most often than not, preschoolers are blissfully egocentric and very much self-centred. Since they are still building on their sense of self, the young ones should not be judged for their egocentrism, says Noorsiah Allaudeen, senior manager at G8 Education Singapore

    Although some may seem ready to make meaningful connections to the real world, they are still heavily dependent on their caretakers and are easily influenced by the actions and behaviour of the adults around them.

    Teach your child the following foundational social skills. 

    Related: Is your child making friends?

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  • 1. Communication
    2 / 5 1. Communication

    Talk to your child regularly on what is meaningful to him. Get down to his level and listen attentively to what he has to say.

    Ask open-ended questions to extend and deepen the conversation. 

    Related: 3 ways to help your child improve social skills

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  • 2. Cooperation
    3 / 5 2. Cooperation

    Choose games or tasks that require turn-taking. Give him a chance to experience personal success when completing a task as a team. 

    When he is playing with blocks, suggest building a bigger or taller structure together and involve other members of the family as the project expands.

    Related: Teach your only child social skills

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  • 3. Resolving conflict
    4 / 5 3. Resolving conflict

    Help your child to verbalise his thought process and encourage sharing. Read stories about resolving conflicts and discuss how he might solve a dilemma. 

    An example would be getting him to think of ways to retrieve his toy that has been snatched away by another child and the corresponding consequences of his actions. 

    Related: What to do when your child has no friends

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  • 4. Confidence
    5 / 5 4. Confidence

    Offer him choices. Allow him to decide on his outfit, even if it may not be a colour combination that is aesthetically pleasing to you! 

    This allows him to learn with confidence, but also practise the skills of independence and responsibility. In this way, we are developing confident, independent children who feel in control of themselves.

    Related: 6 ways to boost your child’s social skills 

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