Social development in children is an essential part of childhood. Simple social activities can help strengthen a child's social abilities and build self confidence that will carry on into adulthood.
Join a Playgroup
Social development begins at an early age. It is important for young children to develop a strong foundation for social development before starting school. Joining a playgroup can help give toddlers and preschoolers the experience of playing with other children and help them develop the skills needed to make new friends once they start school.
Play Board Games
Many board games are a wonderful way to encourage communication skills in children, which is an important skill needed for social development. Play board games as a family and encourage preschoolers and school-age children to play board games with their friends to help them practice communication skills and learn cooperation.
Encourage Children to Speak Up
Many children are comfortable speaking up for themselves in familiar settings but are shy speaking to new people or standing up for themselves when they are in an unfamiliar settling. Encourage kids to practice speaking up appropriately by asking for drink refills in restaurants, saying "thank you" to cashiers in stores, asking store employees where the rest room is when they need to use it and asking their teacher for help when it is needed in school.
Encourage Children to Work Out Their Own Problems
Children build confidence in their abilities to solve their own problems when they are able to work out problems with friends and siblings on their own. Parents should try and avoid stepping in to solve arguments without first allowing the child to try to fix the situation on his own. Children learn what works and what doesn't work from their failures. Being allowed to solve their own problems will help children develop the ability to react appropriately in a social setting.