Tips for Parents When Kids Start Making Friends
Your toddlers making friends for the first time is one of the most beautiful moments for any parents. Socialization is an important milestone in your child’s growth. Research claims that socializing for young kids is truly beneficial to their learning and development.
As your child learns to communicate and interact, she observes other people and their reactions. This is the time when they will enjoy being with other kids – playing with them.
However, playdates can have the potential to go wrong. Here are few tips for parents to monitor their kids’ playdates ensuring smooth and fun time, while also staying in control.
When Toddlers Start Making Friends
- Keep your eyes open – We don’t say you run behind them continuously, neither we say you point out mistakes at each step. But we do say that monitor your kid’s behavior during every play date. Keep a close eye on how your child talks and behaves with his/her friend during a game. You can suggest them some simple indoor games like playing in dollhouse or with blocks, so that you can be around.
- Be a good coach – Toddlers learn what they see and hear. As a parent, your guidance can mold their social skills. Sometimes narrating the emotions your see or feel in an exchange can help your young one understand what their friend is feeling at the moment and find a perfect way to respond. For instance, you can convey your little one that her friend is angry because she (your girl) snatched the doll from her “Mel is angry because you took the toy she was playing with.” This will help develop their emotional intelligence and better understand the emotions their friend is going through.
- Learn to deny – If you feel your child has played enough for the day or is misbehaving, its fine to interrupt the game and ask your girl and her friend to go back home. If they come and ask you ‘why’ tell them the reason and stick to your words. Don’t change your mind even if they cry or scream. Let them understand why you had to stop the game and that NO means NO.
Encourage and support the socialization that happens with your toddler. But don’t support their unreasonable tantrums and rude behavior. Remember, its your teaching that will make a positive difference in your child’s social skills. As they grow old, your lessons will help them learn more about how to empathize with other children and react in certain situations.