Effective interpersonal skills are important to develop.
Interpersonal skills are part of a set of critical soft skills.
These skills help children face future challenges in the changing world.
Examples of soft skills are communication, decision making, interpersonal and learning.
These critical skills that are important in all aspects of life.
They help a child succeed in his/her endeavours.
They enhance their social life.
They help him/her become successful in seeking and securing gainful employment.
They help him/her gain a successful career as an adult.
The ability to communicate and work with people from different backgrounds;
Willingness to take direction from and work cooperatively with others;
Teamwork and the ability to work well with others is sought after by employers.
ACTIVITIES TO HELP IMPROVE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
-Children can learn about working with others by volunteering.
-For example, volunteer as a family to serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
-Encourage a child to help an elderly neighbour with yard work.
-Become involved in community groups.
-As a parent or as a family, play board games which encourage teamwork.
-This helps a child learn co-operation with others, as well as taking turns, following rules, and controlling emotions.
-Encourage a child to play a team sport.
-Sports help a child learn communication and decision-making skills, self-control and self-discipline.
-They learn how to work with a team.
-Introduce the child to people from different backgrounds and cultures.
-Take part in community festivals that feature different cultures.
– Use books, magazines, films, television, or the internet as well.
-Start conversations about differences.
-Acknowledge that some people have ideas about those who are different from them.
–Discuss any type of discrimination with a child that they may have experienced.
–Reflect upon the detrimental effect in feelings that occur when someone discriminates against a person.
-Use this as an opportunity to teach the importance of not discriminating against another.
A PARENT’S GUIDE:
The above material is from a PARENT’S GUIDE which is available from Our Future Leaders.
This guide is a resource for parents.
It reviews many types of soft skills.
It contains many suggested activities in assisting children to gain critical soft skills.
A child will become more resourceful and independent when they practice and gain these skills.
This prepares them to better deal with a diversity of problems and situations in the future.
You can gain access to the Parent’s Guide by requesting a copy on the contact page found at: http://www.ourfutureleaders.ca/contact-us/
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Youth group sessions have clearly demonstrated that our youth learn the desired soft skills.
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