Published on November 1, 2018
1. HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD DEVELOP HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AT SCHOOL
2. CONTENT WHY ARE RELATIONSHIPS IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP SKILLS TO BUILD HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS RESOURCES AND EXTENDED SUPPORT
3. WHY ARE RELATIONSHIPS SO IMPORTANT? Intrinsic drive to make connections Healthy attachments Emotional development Mental health and wellbeing Social adaptation
4. HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND FRIENDSHIPS Characteristics Communication Trust Openness Love and respect Acceptance Commitment Emotional security Feeling safe Common interests Supportive Positive influence Honor differences Availability
5. RELATIONSHIP BUILDING SKILLS • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE • SOCIAL CUES • CULTURAL SENSITIVITY • CONFLICT RESOLUTION • COMMUNICATION SKILLS • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
6. OKAY, SO HOW EXACTLY AM I SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT MY CHILD?
7. HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP SKILLS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Positive Regard Listen Express Care Share Power Safe Space
8. HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP SKILLS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS (CONT.) Creating a Safe Space at home by acknowledging emotional and social stress factors can encourage children to be more open about their feelings. Having Positive Regard for your child’s feelings is giving them unconditional acceptance and support to express their situations without inhibitions. Listen to understand rather than listening to respond or fix what your child is experiencing. Express Care by maintaining a non-judgmental attitude in response to their complaints. Share Power with your child. Parents do not need to have all the answers all the time, work together to come up with practical solutions they are able to do. Stay calm and composed, if you feel anxious they will too.
9. HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP SKILLS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS (CONT.) Model positive behaviour in your relationship with your child. Encourage opportunities to connect with peers. Building resilience through various experiences. Grow with your child through the changes they are experiencing. Build and strengthen skills through playing with younger children. Reiterate that it is okay to experience negative emotions, and we can overcome negative experiences with support and guidance. Teach children to successfully adapt using a growth mindset. Be part of a support network, and connect with other parents of children in the same age group. Stay informed with trends online and offline to adequately equip yourself with knowledge to ask the right questions.
10. RECOURSES AND EXTENDED SUPPORT Fun Family Games for Younger children.docx https://www.friendsresilience.org/friendsapp/ https://www.parents.com/kids/development/social/improving-kids-social-skills/ https://childdevelopment.com.au/areas-of-concern/play-and-social-skills/social-skills/ https://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/socially-intelligent