Strategies and Resources
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The best thing you can do to help your teen develop good social skills is by modeling them. If you show respect for others, if you handle conflict reasonably and calmly, and if you truly listen to your teen when they talk, these are all ways you can model the behavior that makes you likable.
In the digital age, it's important to guide teens on how to interact respectfully and safely online. You should discuss the potential consequences of online actions and teach them how to navigate online disagreements respectfully.
You can help your teen develop empathy by discussing other people's perspectives and feelings. Try discussing hypothetical situations, real-world events, or media content like movies and books.
Encourage your teen to develop friendships with a wide range of people. Exposure to different perspectives and experiences can enrich their understanding and respect for diversity.
Have regular open conversations with your teen.
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Actively listening to your teen’s perspectives and feelings, encouraging them to express themselves openly and respectfully, and fostering an environment where open and honest communication is valued.
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One great, and possibly embarrassing but funny way to help teens learn how to navigate various social situations, including challenging ones like conflicts or misunderstandings, is through role-play.
Provide opportunities for your teens to interact with others. This can involve encouraging participation in extracurricular activities, clubs, or sports where they can meet new people and build relationships.
Teach your teen how to manage conflicts in a positive and constructive way. Teach them how to recognize when a conflict is escalating, how to take a step back, and how to negotiate or compromise to resolve the situation.
Teach your teen to understand their own emotions and how to manage them effectively. Then teach them how to recognize and respond to the emotions of others.
Improving social skills takes time and practice. Try to be patient, consistent, and supportive in your efforts to help your teens improve their social skills.
If your teen is struggling significantly with social skills, it may be helpful to seek the assistance of a mental health professional who specializes in working with adolescents.
Daily tasks for your teen to perform that will help boost their confidence.