Social Skills

Fish Food 53 – Awesomeness of chums


The philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”

Friendships are important and vital for wellbeing, but some kids are not as competent at making friends, interacting with other kids and being accepted into their peer groups.

There are significant benefits in teaching these children social skills and friendship skills in order to improve their relationships with others.

Below is a list of such skills:

  • Body language skills  (eye contact, posture….)
  • Voice Quality  (tone, clalrity…..)
  • Conversation skills  (greetings and introductions, starting conversations….)
  • Friendship skills  (offering help, asking to join in, giving compliments……)
  • Assertiveness skills   (sticking up for one’s rights, asking for help, dealing with bullying…..)

Which social skills did you identify as needing work for your child?



How to teach your child the important social skill of eye contact



How to teach your child the important social skill of eye contact


Most of us have said to our children “look at me when I’m talking to you” or “look at Aunty Susan when you are talking to her”. Many children find it hard to look people in the eye during conversations even if they are very familiar with the person they are talking to.  Some typical reasons for this are:

  • They may be shy or lacking in confidence and find it too intense and intimidating to look a person in the eye
  • Some children have a tendency to zone out and get lost in their own heads when they’re socialising.
  • Maybe as parents or teachers we haven’t taught them to look others in the eye.