It is very important to develop both the social and emotional skills in a child, to enable them become independent entities that can nurture relationships, get acquainted with qualities of initiating, discovering, learning, playing and as well regulate their own behaviours.
To enhance this skills in children, parents must understand that they must make this children believe and trust them absolutely.
Parents must be consistent and responsive towards their children, placing some rules and disciplinary majors that will checkmate their excesses and activities as they grow up.
Remember that your child gets a good sense of self control when he/she realizes the implications of keeping or breaking a rule ,thereby making them do the right and proper thing in an orderly manner.
Children should be given the chance to make their choice or decisions regarding their basic needs like colors, food, school, tourist sight, etc.
But this choice or decisions must be supervised by parents/guardian who should make the children see the benefits or danger that might be associated with the choice they want to make, thus allowing them build their level of confidence.
As parents/guardian, you must give this child the chance to play with their peers under close monitoring, so that you avail them the opportunity to study others, learn about personal abilities and how to express their feelings with the right emotions, in a right way.
Above all, never yell at them or at some one else in their presence as it will collapse the bond and relationship you have struggled to build overtime.
Because you have helped in building the child’s confidence, this child grows up having a better understanding of life, shape his/her future, cooperate and play with peers while paying adequate attention to instructions from parents/teachers.
COMPILED BY: JOY NWATEH-LEONARD