In a world where our children are constantly inundated with screens and competitive activities, lack of social interaction in child development can have long-term negative consequences. Despite the many benefits of social interaction, many children do not receive enough social interactions, putting them at risk for social problems and a lack of self-esteem. Lack of social interaction may lead to depression, behavioral problems and other consequences. Here are some ways to encourage children to develop strong interpersonal skills.
One simple way to encourage your child to talk to other kids is to make them practice making eye contact, listening and sharing. It is also a good idea to engage your child in role-play situations so they get practice social skills. For example, reading a story aloud to your child can help them develop their social skills by helping them engage in conversation. Reading to your child and engaging in role-play situations can help your child practice eye contact and listening.
Lack of social interaction in child development may affect a child’s relationships with caregivers and difficulties forming friendships in later years. Fortunately, most of these problems are easily rectified and can be cured with time. Babies will not need friends until they are about two years old, and their primary playmates will be their parents. Even newborns are practicing social skills by watching their caregivers and imitating their gestures and actions.