“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” – African proverb.
All parents want their children to have healthy relationships with their peers. They actually spend a good amount of time teaching them to get in tune with the other kids and people they may benefit from. Much of our success in life is based on our ability to network and connect with other people.
If your child hangs around with children who like to swim a lot, then your child is more likely to be driven towards swimming. Similarly, if there’s a group who likes academics more than other activities, the child associated with this group is more likely to develop an interest in academics.
Most parents know this: your child likes to do or have what his/her friends do/have.
In a study that we conducted, we saw that only 57% of the children aged 6-10 years had a personal style of conserving relationships while doing any task, i.e., these kids were already developing their own network skills. The art of networking does not develop when you grow up and become an entrepreneur, it begins when one is still a toddler and use his/her parent’s network to get associated with other kids.
What is the significance?
Help your child understand that one way of developing a powerful set of networking skills is by conserving relationships by creating one’s own unique personal style. When one creates a personalized style of protecting a relationship, it automatically leads to more interactions with other people, thereby enabling to develop a strong group of close-knit relationships. Children who have mastered this skill show leadership qualities and are more confident.
What if the children are unable to master this skill?
Have you come across an instance when your child is completely dependent on you for most of the things? Like your child always wants you by his/her side, be it at a park or game zone or any social gathering etc. And, he/she may find it hard or may take time to get along with other kids of his/her age. Therefore, when unable to connect with the peers, kids may –
- Lag behind in participative activities
- Have low confidence
- Feel hated or unwanted
- Remain cornered to avoid any sort of interaction
- Develop bad traits
Download the Mai app to improve your kid’s study skills and also assess your child’s skill in ‘Self Expression and Managing New Friends’.