The more personal skills your child has to interact with others and make decisions, the more likely he or she is to grow up healthy.

In society today, kids interact (socialize) with others on a regular basis.  Having the skills to do this effectively and appropriately creates all sorts of opportunities for our children. The following are just some simple but effective examples on how to help your children build these important skills:

    -  When you playtogether, practice taking turns being first.
    -  Teach your child the names foremotions.
    -  Encourage your child to develop more skills in an area he or she is interested in.
    -  Encourage your child to see the connection between her or his actions today and what he or she will be able to do in the future.
    -  Allow room for mistakes, but don’t rescue your child from the consequences.
    -  Remember that when children know how to plan, they’re more apt to make their dreams come true.
    -  Practice interpersonal skills, such as meeting people, starting conversations, asking questions, and finding similar interests.
    -  Model empathy and sensitivity with your child and discuss why they are important.
    -  Avoid making stereotypical comments and challenge those made by others.
    -  Encourage your child to express her or his feelings, beliefs, values, and opinions at home.

Social Competencies Quotations

“Encouragement is teaching children the life skills they need to be successful in life and relationships.”  
—Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”
—Abraham Maslow

Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves.”

“Cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation.”
—César Chávez

Saying no is like giving yourself a present . . . It establishes boundaries. It gives you self-definition and self-respect.”
—Louise Hart, Ph.D.,

“Go and talk things over.Words can do magic.”
—Leo Lionni