With your little one growing up, everything is changing as well. Now they interact, play, and share their time with other children more than ever; they are now learning to have a social life. However, you shouldn’t rush things, as this happens gradually and in stages.
- Your child starts to recognize their family members and other people by the age of six months.
- By the age of eight months, they tend to get scared of strangers. They also start showing signs of jealousy.
- Your child starts crawling on their belly or on all fours between months 8-10.
- They start exploring their surroundings, moving, touching and closely examining objects, and consequently; getting ready to interact with their small community.
- At months 12-18, you should notice an improvement in their social intelligence. For example, they don’t cry when they see other children crying, but rather try to calm them down.
Years 3 & 4
- Seeing your children turn three will fill your heart with happiness. This is when you watch them grow up and don’t believe your eyes, and when they start becoming independent and playing with their peers.
- By the age of four, your child starts showing feelings of love towards some of their friends and not wanting to play with others.
- By the age of 6, your child starts to understand that they need to respect others.
- By the age of 8, they start to show some empathy to certain children only.
- By the age of 10, they will be able to figure out their peers’ lies, as well as understand the concept of justice. Therefore, they may feel sad if they’re accused of doing things they haven’t actually done.
- After turning 10, they start joining groups of friends at the school or neighborhood…
To make sure they have a healthy social life
- Help them realize their independence, starting from their early childhood. For this, kindergarten can be a good choice for children before going to school, you might be uncomfortable with the idea but it is inevitable.
- Encourage them to take part in school activities such as trips and art activities … this helps them form new relationships, enhance their confidence, become more open and overcome shyness.