The Influence of Communication for Teens – Part 2

Communication is such an important aspect of life. It can be hard to deduce how best to communicate with your child about the importance of being able to express themselves and talk to other people. As the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child.” Don’t think that the responsibility of showing your child how to express themselves falls entirely on you. RCS is here to help you teach them healthy ways to communicate and why to develop important communication skills. In our previous blog, we explored the risk of not developing communication skills and some ways you might show them how to communicate better. In this entry, we’ll discuss the various aspects of good communication and how it affects all of us in our day-to-day lives.

Benefits of Communication:

Expression is a key benefit of speaking out. While this isn’t always a matter of verbal communication, it’s about being comfortable in your own skin. If your teen loves Doc Martens but feels like they’ll be interpreted in a certain way if they wear those, let them know it’s a sign of expression and they shouldn’t care what people think. Expression is an important part of feeling stable and able to talk about what you feel is important to you. This ensures that your child won’t feel the need to express themselves by dying their hair pink down the road because they don’t feel heard. Instead, they’ll dye their hair pink cause they like pink, or they’ll dye it a flattering color because it promotes their professional goals in life.

Another major benefit of regular communication skills is being able to describe your feelings and understand yourself on a deeper level. If you can describe an experience you can fully understand it. It’s like a reading comprehension question, but in regard to day-to-day life and how they need to be able to handle different situations. By regularly being able to describe a situation, they’ll get better at viewing it objectively and acting rationally rather than based on what their feelings dictate. That goes hand-in-hand with the ability to explain yourself. If you can talk about your values, beliefs and perceptions comfortable you’ll be able to build more open relationships with the people around you. If those surrounding your teen don’t understand your teen, they’ll feel isolated because they are isolated. But that all starts with them. They need to feel confident enough in their communication skills to address their issues in a room and make it so that other people can understand where they’re coming from. That’s the very basis of healthy conflict resolution.

The Ability to Question is Gift

It’s more than being anti-establishment, it’s actually the secret to personal growth. Asking questions doesn’t mean you’re insubordinate to your superiors, it means you seek understanding and you gain a better understanding. If your teen knows why they’re doing something, then they’ll feel happier doing it. People want to know the why behind things so they can rationalize why they have to do it. For example, your teen needs to go to a good school, get a good education and learn how to become a lifelong learner so that they can succeed in the career path they choose. Giving your child the opportunity to communicate first with you equips them to be able to communicate with other people, ask questions and express themselves in a healthy manner so that they feel happier on a regular basis.

Success Is Due to More Than Communication; It’s Due to Education

Having an amazing, private school education that gives you the classical background to communicate concisely and eloquently is the first step any child should take toward success. Whatever path your child chooses for their future career, they need to be equipped to communicate with authority. A classical education can give them the base to explore their world with open eyes and the freedom to speak their minds tactfully. Reach out to RCS, the top rated private school in Northern Colorado to find out more about giving your child the proper building blocks to excel at whatever they try at.


The Influence of Communication for Teens

We know that sometimes it certainly seems easier to just not talk to your teens. They’re combative and nearly always on edge and all those hormones racing through their blood make them into a person that’s not really them. Of course, you want your teenager to be able to talk to when they need you, as you’re their guardian, but establishing that dynamic isn’t always easy. Especially when they’re under layers of stress from feeling unmoored in a world that seems new and unfamiliar every day. Of course, that is an extreme and your teen is hardly a volatile little bottle of poisonous words, hormones and unchecked expectations for the world, they are tumultuous. Understanding how to not let that phase you is part of being a good parent and modeling how to be a good adult to them.

Staying Accessible Is Staying in Their Life

When your teen goes out in the world, you don’t know what they’re doing. You have some idea, certainly, but you don’t know how their studies are going in the sense that you don’t know if they’re actually learning or if they’re developing passions for any of the subjects. You know they’re at school and their extracurriculars, but you don’t know if they’re getting anything out of it unless they’re talking to you. In the worst scenario, not knowing how your child is doing in school and if they’re finding passions in their academics and social activities could put you at a disadvantage when your teen starts displaying any sort of unhappiness or when they need help because you don’t know anything about their life. The key to fostering a relationship like this is avoiding criticism. If your child wants to talk to you about something that happened that day they might have messed up, the answer is not to respond with critique. They won’t see it as you helping them, they’ll see it as you not approving of them and shutting them down immediately.

Communication Is Valuable.

If you have any experience in the workplace, you know that communication is of the utmost importance. Since they are your child, they seek your approval in a way you’ve never sought the approval of your co-workers which makes this communication so much more important. They need a sounding board for everything they’re thinking, feeling, experiencing, wanting and not wanting in their life. At times, they just need to feel like they’re not talking to themselves. In fact, there is some evidence that supports the idea that when teens talk to their parents they develop the skills to speak up for themselves. They become less afraid of presenting their own actual opinions and ideas and more functional adults because of it. People who can communicate well with anyone they come across are noticeably more successful than the people who feel stunted by what others will think of their opinions and how they feel about things. This is a skill that will help your child benefit throughout their life in their social and professional lives.

Developing the Wrong Communication Skills

If your child does not develop these skills, they’ll start to develop a form of communicating that is actually the opposite of verbal communication. They’ll expect people to be able to guess at their emotional state and they will become awkward in social situations, prone to shyness and social invisibility which promotes general isolation in life. This is a hardly a healthy way to communicate. The best way to teach a teenager is to lead by example and talk about how there are benefits to speaking up for yourself. Teenagers are inherently filled with a desire to go against the status quo, so if you tell them to speak up more, they’ll view that as criticism, but if you admire the trait in something like a fictional character that you both like, they might associate that as a role model’s trait and try to emulate it. Try casually pointing out a few of these benefits of speaking out in your everyday lives.

Give Your Child the Right Background

Enrolling your child in private schooling equips them with the eloquence they need to feel comfortable articulating their thoughts openly and tactfully. With experience communicating in class with their peers in an educated and civil way, they’ll be able to learn about communication with you, the parent, as well as with other people in their life. Teach your child the meaning of a classical education. Enroll them in the best private school in Loveland today.


Are Video Games Bad For Your Child?

The current political environment is rather tumultuous. There’s plenty of he said she saids and a variety of other arguments that have proven more and more problematic as time goes by. One of those many controversies includes whether or not video games contribute to the aggressiveness in children. Many people are pointing to the quote from Jay Hull, the Dartmouth University professor who proclaimed in the press release for his newest findings on the matter that: “If your kids are playing these games, these games are having a warping effect on right and wrong or they have a warped sense of right and wrong and that’s why they are attracted to these games.” However, the quote and most of the contents of the study are often taken out of the proper perspective to support this narrative of “games are bad for kids.” In fact, Psychology Today claimed that most of the discussions surrounding the piece have been in regard to the press release for the study, rather than the study itself. They mention specifically that “It turns out that this is just another example of how social science is often oversold to a public without the statistical knowledge to evaluate problematic claims.” So, are video games really bad for your children? How will they affect their future emotional stability, their success and what sort of effect does it have on the work you’ve been doing to help them earn their classical education from a high ranking private school? The proper question is actually probably does it have any sort of effect at all? In short, no.

The Actual Research

Learning to read research papers is something that people spend quite a bit of time on, as in they can get a good portion of a college degree merely learning how to properly read research papers and draw conclusions from data. Thus, hoping to be able to grasp these larger concepts as a layman might prove difficult.  We’re here to help you slog through the strange terms and redefine some previous misconceptions you might have when glancing over a study similar to the one Dartmouth produced. In the Dartmouth study, in particular, conducted something called a “meta-analysis of studies of youth to see to what degree violent video games contributed to physical aggression.” First, that means, they were basing most of their data off of other people’s data which is not the best way to conduct the scientific method, as you know if you’re familiar with it. Additionally, they certainly make you believe that they’re measuring these youths over physical aggression, like serious acts of violence like homicides, fights and aggravated assaults. However, they only used teen’s self-analysis and confession of feelings rather than actual evidence of aggression. They specifically mention asking how they would respond to “If I have to resort to violence to protect my rights, I will” as a statement that indicated elevated aggression. If you were asked that question, would you say that you weren’t willing to protect your rights with violence? Probably not. Does that mean you’re an aggressive individual? Also, probably not.

The Actual Study

For that big claim Dartmouth’s leading professor made, it’s rather shocking in comparison to the data he managed to collect. The study itself even mentions that only 1% of youths self-reported in an increase in feelings of aggression, let alone physical representations of actual aggression. This is actually an example of a quite common phenomenon among social science research. For example, if you ask people if they play “violent video games” and then you proceed to ask them how angrily they’ve broken things, those points of data tend to drift toward each other, but that doesn’t mean that’s an accurate way of pulling this sort of data. It’s like asking someone you’ve never seen if they’re white, if they’ve been around people of another race and then asking them how they feel about that race and assuming that that’s an accurate metric of how is racist and how isn’t. The first set of questions creates a bias toward the response of the second question. Psychologists and other scientists alike have expressed that most of these studies, including this one, does not include any more useful information than a Buzzfeed article which is why they have similar headlines.

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How to Raise Happy, Strong Children

Being a parent is stressful. You have quite a bit on your plate, but most importantly you need to concern yourself with the most important investment of your life: your child. Your child’s well-being is one of the most important parts of your everyday life and once you have their basic needs covered, your mind will start to wander toward your child’s emotional development. With so many folks online talking about their abusive childhoods and how easy it is to make a small mistake in regard to rearing your child. So how do you ensure you’re raising a child that will be as resilient as they need to be? Start off with always having their success in mind. If they’re enrolled at RCS, you’re probably already on the right track.

They Feel in Control

We’re sure you’ve seen the various Facebook posts about how controlling parents can damage a child’s long-term emotional development. There are some studies to back up this assertion, but they mostly come in the form of encouraging a successful child. The leading parenting expert in the UK, Sue Atkins, claims that adults who are successful felt in control in their childhood. There are also several strong examples of children succeeding based off of strong, close relationships with their close relatives and people they love. If they feel valued and have control over their lives and the direction they’re going in, they’re far more likely to succeed than children who are constantly urged in the opposite direction of the way they want to go. According to the same leading parenting expert extrapolated that children who won’t have much in the way of emotional stability as adults don’t feel connected to others, don’t feel like they count, and don’t feel capable of taking care of themselves. Most importantly, however, is that children have to feel courageous and brave in order to accomplish their goals and be stable as adults.

Why Are These Attributes Important?

Having the above attributes in both children and adults gives us a positive attitude about life. Quite simply put, it gives the whole thing purpose. The idea is that these four basic building blocks that create a sense of security for the child will certainly promote a “Can Do” attitude later in life, which will render them capable of handling the things that life throws at them. The hope is that children with these advantages will become responsible, happy, and self-reliant. Naturally, as a parent, finding these attributes in your child will be a relief. As it means you’ve done your job fundamentally well.

The Stem Is Connection

In most cases, a human’s ability to both survive mentally and physically relies largely on the ability to connect to others. To put it simply, we move from being infants who are totally dependant on others to being interdependent on others, because that streak never quite leaves. With strong connections to the important people in the child’s life, they’ll be able to thrive and feel secure in their endeavors because there’s always something to fall back on.

Foster Connectivity In the RCS Community

The easiest way for you to foster a sense of connection between you and your child as well as help them build a support system of their own starts with creating a community for them. Wouldn’t you want the community to be more centered around Christian values and the love of education and the pursuit of knowledge? Enroll your child at RCS to receive the private school level of education while tapping into a community where your child can feel supported and safe and thrive throughout the rest of their emotional development.


What is a Classical Education?

A classical education is rooted in the idea of training the mind to think critically. This method is supposed to create lifelong learners. As we know, industries change at the speed of light nowadays. If you aren’t a lifelong learner and you’re rather set in your ways, it’s unlikely that you’ll do as well as you can in your career field. As a parent, we’re sure you’re invested in the future of your child and you want them to succeed. If you’re like most parents, you might even go so far as to take some time pondering how exactly you can give your child the right foundational education to ensure that they thrive throughout their whole life. In most cases, we urge you to invest in a well-rounded, classical education like the one we offer at Resurrection Christian School. Our private schooling education makes a difference in our alumni’s lives because we teach a curriculum that encourages a love of learning and knowledge and encourages rather than forces learning. Below, we’ll continue to explore what a classical education is, and how it can benefit your child in it’s teaching structure.

Training The Mind

Do you have a love of reading? How was it fostered? By forcing yourself to read anthologies regarding history and mathematics? Or did it start with something you learned to enjoy? Perhaps it was a piece of classical literature or something similar, but whatever it was, it had the proper effect. Your love of reading has followed you through life and rendered you a more capable individual in all of your interests regarding hobbies or your career. So how do we foster this similar love of learning and pursuit of knowledge in young minds? Through a tried and true three-part process called the trivium. Where traditional classical educations often begin with merely learning the facts a regurgitating it, more modern classical education studies center on creating a love for the learning while still improving the fact so that the child can have a solid foundational knowledge of simple mathematics and language operations before beginning to play with these pursuits.  

The First Portion Of a Classical Education

Uncreative administrators of the classical education view the first portion of a classical education as the “grammar stage.” But if you compare it to the original idea of a classical education, it’s rather unrelated. The original version of a classical education included advanced studies of different languages which would bolster the child’s skills at learning languages later in life and easily and successfully turn them into lifelong learners. Interestingly enough though, one of the main basics of the original classical education, in the sort that kings and queens, as well as higher-ups in the various courts all over the world, learned first was philosophy. The notion was that the child would be able to learn how to apply philosophical ideas to everyday life and have a better handle on human behavior as well as language and interactions than otherwise.

The Grammar Foundation

As important as it is to create a strong foundation for your child’s learning is, the various ways to get there should be acknowledged and analyzed. Our curriculum leaves room for you to interpret how you want your child’s private education, that is in truth a classical education, to proceed. The grammar stage lays the foundation for the rest of your child’s learning, so ensuring that it’s starting out in the way you’d like it to is important. Check out our curriculums for early childhood learning development and feel free to ask RCS questions about our teaching methods and our philosophy surrounding the classical education you’re investing in for your child.

Invest In The Future At RCS

Don’t enlist your child in public school and roll the dice on their education. Enlist your child in a high-quality learning institute that will help you foster a love of knowledge and the desire to always seek more. Start on the right foot starting today. We provide Christian centered, well-rounded education that bolster your child’s chances of success and much more. We’re passionate about sharing knowledge with your child and ensuring that they don’t struggle, but thrive in their academics. Reach out to us now.


Why The Gap Year Might Be Beneficial After Private School- Part Two

If you’re joining us late, be sure to go back and catch the intro to our ideas about the beneficial uses of a gap year between high school and college. As we mentioned in our previous entry, the gap year develops the child’s prefrontal cortex which develops their worldview as well as their personality and rounds them out their expectations of reality.

Financial Relief

One of the major advantages for most kids and their parents alike is the financial hiatus. If you’ve been spending money to give them a classical education for the majority of their life, a financial break might be highly valued for you and also for your child if they’re preparing to go and support themselves at college, even if you’re prepared to pay for their tuition. As more people go to college and get worthless degrees the number of people who have only a pile of student debt to show for their 4-year college degree rises. Kids who feel the need to switch majors in the middle of their college career stretch the costs out, making the whole ordeal more pricey. Studies are finding that a gap year might reduce the number of folks who change their major in the middle of their college career. Gap years are praised for assisting people in deciding what they’d like to study and helping find their passions and what they’re best suited to in a way that unfiltered education cannot.

Diversified Preparation

College is rigorous and while RCS does everything we can to prepare children academically there are a variety of challenges that nothing but real-life experiences can prepare them for. While there are a host of support systems and other channels that Christian private schools provide for children, there is still a cost for going to college too early and that is mainly the taxing nature it takes on a person’s mental health if they’re not prepared. The idea of the gap year is to take kids out of their safe zones and thus improve their self-confidence and help them gain a sense of self and adaptability which can be a powerful skill set to earn before entering college. College environments are full of lack of sleep, constant activity and high levels of stress that past experience in adaptability to a variety of situations will help kids tackle those things like pros so they can focus on the new chapter of their life and what obstacles will help them grow the most as people.

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If you share our opinions about education and religious ethics you’d fit in perfectly at RCS. Enroll your student today to give them a well-rounded education that includes Christian values. Reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We’d be happy to talk to you about our private school curriculums and ideals.

 


Why The Gap Year Might Be Beneficial After Private School

Some people go so far as to criticize private schooling at times, mentioning that there is a limited pool of social growth that a child can acquire when they’re submerged in a controlled environment. For several reasons, Resurrection Christian School is careful to push back against those claims, but we can also see how, even through RCS provides a large environment for children to build many social skills with fellow Christians, we understand the need for real-world experience. If, as a parent, you’re more concerned about this valuable outside world experience being cultivated in your child, we have one suggestion that is earning more respect as the years go by: the gap year.

Europe Did It First

Sometimes, Europe is ahead of the curve with certain things and in this case, they certainly are. Germany, the UK, Denmark and even Australia and Israel encourage students who have just graduated to take a gap year in between their studies. This time can be used to travel, serve the church, serve in the military or work before moving on to their college studies. However, the current U.S. climate regards gap years with a collective panic. Surely, if your child takes a gap year, they’re destined to not do as well as others. The growing consensus is that it isn’t quite true anymore. The idea is that if children get a taste for the non-school life they’ll realize how important it is to go back and it will give the privilege of going to college and earning a degree a new glow. In fact, psychologists at large are not worried about kids not wanting to go back to school as many studies done on the subject found that around 90 percent of the kids that take a gap year return to their studies with new fervor. The studies concluded that a very important brain growth period between those two school periods allows for the person to grow socially and within their understanding of the world.

The Simple Science:

While a gap year isn’t for everyone, it has quite a bit of scientific data backing up the benefits for those it catches the fancy of. The prefrontal cortex is continually expanding in the late teen years and it is the section of the brain that develops the child into an adult with an adult personality. It controls your propensity for planning and draws complex conclusions from data. In other words, it’s the largest jump in growth in the form of maturity that your child will see in their lives. Thus, when the gap year comes to a close, they’ll nearly be a different person with a new understanding of themselves and college as a growth opportunity.

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Catch the continuation of our argument for a gap year on our next blog.


The Importance of Art in Education – Part 3

In our previous blog we talked about the furthering or Christian ideals through the medium of fine arts and inspiration, in this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of a wide variety of arts and skill sets being fostered from an early age. Encourage your child’s passions by ensuring that their education features creativity and adaptive learning techniques at Resurrection Christian School.

Varied Art Forms

The notion of including fine arts in education promotes the idea of varied forms of art. Where a child might thrive with music, they might fall short in terms of literature. The constant, steady exposure of both forms of fine challenges the student and encourages growth and the practice of rising to the challenge. In turn, this is meant to promote self-learning skills. Creativity bats down the child’s instinct to merely regurgitate facts rather than absorb and analyze materials and thus grow from the experience of learning as well as their new knowledge. As Christians, we believe heartily in providing for the students that occupy a lower socioeconomic status and the overwhelming majority of the research regarding the fine arts in education support that children that are from financially struggling families see significant growth when interacting with fine arts at school. Specifically, the effects of music education aiding the mathematical portion of the brain and showing significant improvement throughout their school careers.

The Culture

While there is a litany of benefits for the academic portion of including fine arts within the educational programs that we willingly enlist our children in, but what’s more is the culture that’s supported throughout it. Understanding and sharing other cultures and then trying pieces out in your own creative process is one of the most enriching activities you can spend your time doing. Part of the beauty of fine art is the exquisite opportunity it gives you to glimpse the world through someone else’s eyes, or better yet, to glimpse a completely different world. Like when you read “Animal Farm” in high school and getting to peek at the state of Russia during the Soviet revolution. Or perhaps you had an art teacher that greatly appreciated the beauty of Japanese art and exposed you to Eastern culture that would eventually influence how you grew partial to flowers in your later years. As culture is one of the most valuable assets of the human existence, sharing it early on with our youth is more of a duty, than an option. Through self-expression and problem-solving skills, our children will eventually become the great minds of tomorrow that are creating new milestones of culture and makes of human progression and development.

Fine Arts In Education Is Near You

If you’re interested in investing in your child and ensuring that they have access to the best education possible, you might consider a private school. Here at Resurrection Christian School, we believe that a well-rounded education is grounded in fine arts as well as mathematics, sciences and varied literature studies that will not only form a functional adult of tomorrow but a learned human. We’re certain to incorporate different cultures as well as a diverse list of fine arts classes that apply the various developing skills of a child in different ways. Foster their love of story-telling, their love of musical harmonies and teamwork or even just the quiet, meditative art of drawing or painting. Each and every one of us deserves a passion in our lives to make the monotony of responsibilities and other inconveniences seem dwarfed. Feel free to check out our curriculum for high school, middle school and elementary to find out just how much we value fostering a passion in your child. If you’re looking for ways to foster and encourage an appreciation for fine arts in your everyday life with your child, check out our blog.


The Importance of Art in Education – Part 2

Resurrection Christian School puts an ever-growing emphasis on arts education. As continued studies roll in that qualify how effective the practice of providing a well-rounded education is to enhance childhood and craft adults that won’t only be productive members of society, but virtuous members of society. In our previous blog, we discussed the various academic uses for fine arts in education and how they can actively help children develop better motor skills and emotional intelligence. As we continue our exploration of the topic we’ll discuss the influence of fine arts outside of the academic realm and where the two realms cross paths along with the benefits it provides.

Non-Academic Purposes

Fine arts leave an impression in our young minds that last for a lifetime in several ways. Specifically, can you recall a time in your youth when you created something and received accolades for your work, as well as experiencing the joy of creation? If you can recall the memory, it made an impression on your young mind and it’s no doubt surrounded by positive feelings and you might even reminisce fondly over it. That’s because it encouraged those grains of self-confidence and gifted you with self-esteem. You created something that people thought was worthwhile, and it’s hard not to project those feelings from the creation onto yourself. In fact, we’d be willing to wager that it probably motivated you to create more and more often. In addition to these favorable results, it most likely created an aesthetic awareness in you as well as cultural exposure, creativity, social harmony, and even improved your emotional expression. These measurable benefits are the keys to creating healthy coping mechanisms as an adult. In fact, the list of non-academic benefits continues with studies that suggest that fine arts in education help students who would not normally be reached and find academic success.

The results of social experience enhancements are immediately visible, and help students connect with each other based off of those shared passions. Perhaps most notably is that it effectively changes the learning environment into one of discovery which harkens back to one of our previous blogs of game theory learning strategies being one of the newest research backed study strategies on the market. Encouraging discovery creates lifelong learners that are as adaptive and witty as Scarlett O’Hara, and what’s more is they’ll be able to understand that reference. Keeping artful literature that encourages abstract thought as well as showing profoundly flawed heroes is one of the widely acknowledged ways to not only foster self-confidence, but also self-forgiveness, a patently Christian principle that serves as a major pillar of success for many Christians.  

The Leading Christian School Near You

If you’re looking for a private school experience that emphasizes the right things in their curriculum, look to Resurrection Christian School. We provide a private school experience structured around fine arts, well-rounded STEM, an emphasis on powerful literature, and Christian values. Feel free to look through our thorough and well-designed curriculum and if you’re looking for auxiliary activities for your child to participate in that will enhance their love of the arts and culture, watch our blog for day outing suggestions over the summer and winter breaks.


Helping Your Child Make The Right Friends & Build Social Skills

Learning social skills is an important part of your child’s development. As a parent, you want to see your kids not only make friends but make friends that will be good influences and encourage them down the right path. If you have a child who struggles to make friends or tends to spend most of their time alone, you can help. Here at our private school serving Fort Collins and Loveland, we value community and keeping every student engaged. We work hard to ensure the children who attend our school are learning important social skills and building lifelong friends.

If you want to help your child make the right friends and develop important social skills, read on to learn more about what you can do.

Encourage Without Overwhelming

As a parent, you can become so fixated on an idea that your enthusiasm can actually become overwhelming. While you may want to work to encourage your child to make new friends, be careful that you do not overwhelm them. When they make strides in the right direction, pass along an encouraging word.

However, when they are having difficulty making friends or simply don’t express an interest in getting to know any other kids their age, don’t overwhelm them through nagging or judgment.

Take A Look At Your Own Social Skills

Before you start working with your child to develop healthy social skills, ask yourself how well you are leading by example. Do you have good friends who your kids see you interact with? Demonstrating healthy social skills to your kids goes a long way in developing those skills in their own lives.

This is true from even a very young age. Talk to your elementary aged kids about your own friends and how you made those friendships. When they are scared to make new friends, tell stories about the times you were afraid and found good friends in the end.

Start Young

As we stated above, even your youngest kids in the home will benefit from developing social skills. The earlier you work with your kids to learn how to interact with other kids their age, as well as people of any age, the easier time they will have making friends as they get older.

Young kids usually have a natural ability to make friends through group play and other social activities. Make sure you expose your kids to lots of fun opportunities for practicing social skills. From a very young age talk to them about how to share, how to listen to others, and how to make friends by being kind to others.

Stay In Tune With Your Kid’s Unique Needs

As your kids get older, making friends can become more difficult. For some kids, making friends will always be easy. These social butterflies have vivacious personalities that attract others and allow them endless opportunities for friendships. For some kids though, making friends isn’t that easy. Perhaps your child is shy or marches to the beat of their own drum. Maybe they are truly an introvert and need a lot of time alone to recharge.

Rather than approaching every child with a one-size-fits-all mentality, stay in tune with who they are and help them build social skills that match their unique needs. Don’t pressure your child to become a socialite if that’s not who they are. While you want to ensure they have good friends in their life to help them develop healthy social skills, try to help them find friends that appreciate them for who they are. Keep encouraging them to have a healthy self-esteem so that they can feel confident in their own skin as they reach out to others.

Opt For A Community-Focused School

One of the number one places your child will practice their social skills and make new friends is at school. Opt for a school that focuses on community first and foremost. Smaller classroom sizes and engaged teachers will ensure your child doesn’t slip through the cracks. Here at Resurrection Christian School, we encourage our students to engage with each other and to build lasting, meaningful friendships. To learn more about our private school serving Fort Collins, Loveland, and surrounding towns, schedule a tour today.