Interacting with siblings at home is often how youngsters learn to compromise and other socialization skills. This means you have to find other ways to aid your only child’s social development beyond their interaction with classmates at school and babysitters on weekends. To ensure they grow into a happy, well-adjusted adult, follow the below advice.
Hire a Nanny
Although babysitters care for children from time to time when parents are out and about, nannies tend to become surrogate members of the household. A nanny will often help out daily, playing games with your child, and introducing them to activities to build their conversational skills and broaden their vocabulary. If you are stuck in the office, a nanny will ensure your child makes it to story time at the library, sports practice after school, and other events that allow them to interact with other kids.
Schedule Play Dates
In a classroom setting, interacting with multiple peers at once can be overwhelming for some kids. So your only child learns to interact with children one-on-one, schedule playdates with classmates or neighborhood kids in the same age group. Your child will learn how to hold a conversation, share toys, and practice good manners.
Don’t Make Perfection the Standard
Without other children in the home, some young kids only interact with their parents. This means they tend to look at situations from an adult point of view and strive harder to please their parents. Encourage your youngster to participate in activities for enjoyment and slowly reach their goals. Avoid placing pressure on them to master a new skill or hobby quickly. This, in turn, could make them more easy-going and easier for others to work within group settings.