Parents may ask why they need to put forth the effort to socialize their child since they interact with siblings and parents on a regular basis. I would say that those relationships, although probably the most significant and lasting, are limiting. And unless you have an unusually large family, there is a limited social network available. Broadening your child’s sphere of persons will only help them to develop the social ‘habits’ of self-control, listening, attention, empathy, submission, truthfulness and affirmation as well as the necessary social skills of friendship making, healthy assertiveness, problem solving, cooperation and the confidence to deal with teasing or bullying. These are important life skills and are necessary for healthy development. We are created as social beings. We live and work in social relationships and it is not in your child’s best interest to stunt them in this area.
Social confidence is an important skill. Don’t let your kids leave home without it.