No matter how old your child is, you are going to want the best for them. This includes ensuring that they have the best social life possible which means that you need to help them make friends. Some children are naturals at making friends and talking to people all on their own, but others struggle meaning that they are going to need you to aid them here. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the ways that you can help your kids to make friends, and by the time you have finished reading, you are going to have all of the answers that you need. Keep reading to find out more!
Go With Them To Social Events
We are not talking about showing up with them to every occasion they go to, but the ones where it is appropriate, or they ask you to, you should be showing up to social events with them. This is going to be a big help to those children who are shyer than others, and having you there to introduce them and also hold a conversation when they cannot is going to be more beneficial than you know. It can take a little while to be able to converse with anyone at any given time, and by being there, you are allowing your child the time that they need to think about conversational topics they would like to bring up.
Of course, once they are a little more confident, you can leave them alone to work their magic and meet new people. It might be a little difficult for you and them at first, so do try and stay close in case you are needed. However, you should find that after the initial conversation, your child is finding it easier and easier to talk to people.
Encourage Them To Talk
You should always be encouraging your children to talk to you about everything that is going on in their life whether it is happy or sad. For example, if they find some social situations challenging, then they should be able to tell you this. Once they have, you can give them the advice that they are looking for and help them get past the fear of the unknown. However, you should also be encouraging them to talk to strangers as well because after all, this is how you make friends.
Something that you can try is giving them a list of topics that they can bring up if they ever find themselves lost for what to say. This will help them when they need it most as they will think of the topics you have given, and work their way through without letting on that is what they are doing.
School Can Be Fun
Some kids find that school is a little tough when it comes to making friends, but you should always push them to do this anyway. For example, when they go on student trips, you will notice that this is where a lot of friendships are formed. It is often the case that those children who don’t really have many friends don’t want to go on trips for this reason, but you should try and make them see that if they do, they have a good chance of clicking with a group. Or, even at school in the playground, playing with other children can be fun. Just go up to a group and ask if you can play as this is one of the simplest ways to try to get new friends. Showing an interest is always going to beneficial.
If your child is a little bit older and still struggling, then you should keep trying to get them to go to social events that they are invited to, this time without you. This includes parties, sleepovers and all kinds where they could talk to people they never imagined.
Give Them Activities To Do
Finally, you can give them activities to complete while they are out of the house. For example, buying them colouring books or crosswords depending on what they like could be a great icebreaker for potential friends. Children love to solve problems and colour things in so you could be aiding your child simply by giving them something that they enjoy to do. You never know how handy it can be until you give it a try!
We hope that you now have some good ideas on how you can help your child to make friends and will put them into practice in your everyday life. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective.