It is a well-known fact that the early years have a profound impact on a child’s overall learning and development. It is when children learn to express their feelings, wants and needs. Good social skills can build self-esteem and make children less dependent. Teachers ensure this by making children participate in groups which have common goals and interests. Through craft work, building blocks and pretend play activities, children learn to lead and follow, wait for their turn, and work with others.
Parents, meanwhile, can take their children to playdates where they can meet and interact with other children and learn to cooperate.They can make sure that the toddlers know when to say sorry and thank you without being prompted. Besides, the simple act of reading can show their children how others deal with their emotions and handle their problems.
To conclude, both parents and teachers play a key role in developing social skills in preschoolers. Good social skills will prevent toddlers from taking others’ possessions, being selfish and aggressive. At the same time, it will help them reduce stress, become successful and form stronger friendships.