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Tips To Improve Interpersonal Skills

It is important for children to develop interpersonal skills for enjoying healthy relationships and achieving success as adults. Interpersonal skills teach kids how to be cordial when interacting with their peers at school and in social environment. Some key interpersonal skills that should be inculcated in children are conflict management, persuasion, mannerisms, listening skills, assertiveness, decision making and so on.

Listed below are some simple ways to polish and improve inter-personal skills in children:

  • Foster A Positive Outlook: Interpersonal skills are directly related to the way you feel about yourself and those around you. Children should be taught to look at the positive aspects of situations around them and find a way to cherish their life.
  • Practice Empathy: Children should be trained to be observant of the emotions of people around them. This will make them sensitive, caring and helpful individuals. They should be taught to be respectful to others, use words like “please” & “thank you”, and not to indulge in behavior that is socially unacceptable like bullying or name-calling.
  • Practice Active Listening: Being a good listener is one of the most important inter-personal skills that should be fostered in children. They should be taught the importance of listening to what others have to say irrespective of whether they agree with what is being said or not. An easy way of inculcating this habit is by setting a good example as a parent by actively listening to what your child has to say.
  • Problem Solving: Encourage your child to solve problems without your assistance. This approach helps the child in developing confidence to handle difficult situations as an adult both at work and at home.
  • Decision Making: Let your child make independent decisions during everyday situations. As time goes by, your child will learn how to evaluate the pros and cons of a situation and make a decision accordingly.
  • Be A Good Role-Model: Children learn best by observation; so model the interpersonal skills that you want your child to imbibe. It is important to avoid loud arguments, maintain a positive attitude, manage your problems, show kindness, etc. to help your child mirror these behaviors.  
  • Assertiveness: Teach your child to use the right amount of assertiveness when voicing his desires, ideas and beliefs. This trains a child to stand up for his rights or the rights of others in a calm and positive way without being aggressive. Assertiveness helps a child to express himself better, handle responsibilities, admit mistakes, apologize, practice self-control etc.
  • Non-Verbal Communication: Teach your child to read non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, smiles, nods, eye contact, etc., while communicating.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas organize an array of programs to assist children in developing interpersonal skills. To know more about programs offered by the club in Killeen, call at (254) 699 - 5808. You can also visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Central, 304 W Ave B Killeen, TX – 76541.