One of the most essential and indispensable skills humans need to possess is the skills of socializing. And this skill is lacking in most of us, especially in this technological age where almost all communications are made behind screens. As we are advance in the technological age, it is important to remember the basics of social skills. Though merely remembering is not enough, that is the reason why we have to pass the knowledge to our children further. Developing social talent in children can be done by;
Listening: One of the problems that have been identified as the greatest challenge to communication is our listening ability. Everyone wants to talk and be heard, but no one wants to listen, causing a breach in communication. The barrier can be corrected in our children right from childhood. Though the parents have to put in a lot of effort into the cause in respect to listening.
Not interrupting: When engaging in some conversations, there is always this urge to interrupt, especially at a point where we don’t agree with what the other party is saying. This habit, though common, is a bad habit and should be immediately corrected if noticed in our children. There are better ways to show disagreement, one of which can be taking down the points and reiterating it when the other party is done talking.
Helping others: Helping others is one of the many traits that cannot be ignored in humans. There are some thoughts on helping others so others can help you, more like “what goes around comes around.” But there is a quote that refutes that, and the quote says, “until you help those who cannot afford to repay you, you have not helped.” Parents should teach their children in this light, and helping others will come easy.
Greeting: a tradition that cannot be substituted with technology; in fact, technology helps foster greetings between colleagues, friends, and, most notably, elders. When I was little, my parents used to tell me to greet my elders as many times as I see them in a day. That is, if I see them four times in the morning, I should greet them four times in the morning. Though it was uncomfortable at some point, I grew up with that mentality, and now I will gladly train my children up in that manner.