Socialisation is a crucial process in acclimating children to new environments where they’re interacting with their peers. It can be scary for children to meet friends for the first time. This process can be fraught with rejection and embarrassment. How you act in front of your children plays a big role in how they respond to their peers and teachers.
Building resilience in your children ensures they’re as well-equipped as possible to handle peer group issues. Parents often realise on the first day of preschool that their children are not ready to leave home. We provide advice to help you facilitate the socialisation process in a positive way.
Socialisation refers to the process whereby individuals, especially children, become functioning members of a smaller group of peers. Socialisation is the process of learning the values, behaviours and beliefs of their group. The process of socialisation is made up of several factors. How children receive discipline, their response to discipline and their method of learning independent behaviour converge to develop their social skills.
How you treat your children plays a big impact on how your child learns the attitudes they present to their peers. Playing an accepting role and dedicating time to completing activities with your children can instil positive behaviours and social interaction. In contrast, controlling your children with rejection can result in hostility and aggression that is unwanted in the classroom. If you’re tired or busy, don’t let that impact the time you spend with your children.
Young children who are controlled with restrictive measures often display good behaviour, but frequently become highly dependent on their parents. In contrast, autonomous parental behaviour is mirrored by children who are very social but highly aggressive towards their peers.
Children will respond to each other according to how they are treated at home. It’s important to let your children know that their peers will treat them differently to you before they start school. Prepare your children by positively reinforcing kind behaviour and taking a positive approach to behaviour that is antisocial. For example, if your children is knocking over food or drinks, have them clean up the mess rather than punishing them.
Taking a positive approach to antisocial behaviour is shown to make the problem less likely to occur in the future. Consistency is also essential to nurturing children to acclimate to socialisation more easily. Consistency in discipline educates children about which behaviours are acceptable and which are not.
It can be easy to let your emotional state sway your acceptance or rejection of children’s behaviour. However, by building a sense of trust between yourself and your child with consistent feedback, you effectively prepare them for socialisation.
Socialisation helps children develop their identity and learn skills that they keep for life. Sharing, setting boundaries and problem solving all result from socialisation and interaction with a peer group. Children begin to understand basic social cues during preschool. A consistent early childhood education helps them mature and begin their social development at an important time.
Enrol in Robyn Taylor Early Childhood Development today to begin your child’s journey towards socialisation and social maturity. Call us today to discuss enrolment and any questions that you may have.