Do you feel that your five-year-old needs to develop good social skills around those kids he is interacting with? Are you looking for solutions to enhance his personality traits? While it’s nearly impossible to think that “all five-year-olds are similar” given the fact that every child is born with individual abilities, preferences and personalities, given here are some of the milestones that can be commonly practiced with a five-year-old child to help him or her improve their social skills.
Most kids during this age step into school in kindergarten. Although they are already familiar with the concept of school because by this time as they would have finished the pre-school. However, this expansion will definitely result into an action packed phase of development that would affect his overall social behavior.
Let us navigate through these common behaviors of a five-year-old child to find out how can he cope with this new challenge and develop skills to interact socially in an easy manner.
Desire For Independence
As the child grows by each year, there is a natural tendency to have some time alone. This time is for play or to be just by themselves. So, if your five-year-old child doesn’t want to interact with anyone, don’t consider him to be a loner in fact this skill is very much essential to learn how to develop a healthy social skill to interact with others. While they desire to be independent they still need cuddles and hugs from parents. It is essential for the parents to comfort their five year old child as and when he demands it.
Sharing And Compassion
By this time most five-year olds likes to share and naturally takes pleasure in giving as well as receiving! This behavior is rather developed within the children younger to their group, but given the fact, that children at five are in the phase of expansion and are interacting with wider group of friends and classmates, the knack of being considerate to others, share, and have compassion will play a significant part in child’s social interactions.
Companionship begins to take a priority for a five-year old kid. There is an increasing tendency of forming bonds with few select friends. They try to build close groups and enjoy the companionship of each other. They like to remain in this group and refuse to move away. Having companions and friends is a good sign. However, there is a downside to this as it may lead to exclusion from the social group as a whole. Hence, parents are advised to keep a close watch on their friends and help them to come out of the close nets and interact with others in the classroom as well as playgroup.
Ethics And Laws
Child at this age can easily grasp the difference between, what is ethically correct or incorrect. They begin to gradually understand the concept of laws and like to follow them in order to satisfy the elders. But, that certainly doesn’t imply that they will not reject to your ideas at all. A five-year-old child will logically build preferences for himself and will make efforts to develop new ideas. He would not like to be restricted with too many rules and will begin to question on morals and ethics. So, while dealing with children of this age group you should know how to step ahead and then move back.
At this stage a child starts to sense the interpersonal relations. They are often found to be enquiring about different relations existing in a society, such as husband-wife, brother-sister, grandfather-grandmother, uncle-aunts and so on. It is very important to answer their inquisitive minds and make them understand the relationships and its significance. A sense of respect developed for each relations developed at this stage will help them to build strong interpersonal relationships in future and would make them socially adaptable.
Well, as parents talk to your child a lot as your five-year-old has developed quite an amount of verbal skills. This is the right time to establish good communication habits. Your child can now freely talk about his problems and opinions. Listen and discuss, this will instill a sense of responsibility and he will easily mange to mingle with the social circle.