Stories on Social Skills
PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL SKILLS
APPRECIATION: When a father comes back from work, his child is in the middle of a video game. He stops it and greets his father.
ANGER MANAGEMENT: A younger sibling is coloring on your daughter’s homework. Instead of getting angry, she asks her nicely to stop.
BEING FAIR: You have one computer at home. Your older child is fair and has everyone spend 15 minutes on the computer rather than taking a whole hour for himself.
DON’T BLAME: When your child fails on a test, he doesn't blame the teacher for not teaching well. He takes full responsibility.
NOT BEING SELFISH: Your child doesn’t cut someone in line or interrupt during a conversation.
ABILITY TO ACCEPT CRITICISM: When your child has difficulties with his social life, you suggest that it’s because he doesn’t like to share. He accepts it and tries to change.
BEING CONSIDERATE: At a buffet, there is a limited amount of your son’s favorite candy. He takes one piece and leaves the rest for others.
DON’T FOLLOW: At a party, all friends are drinking soda and your daughter drinks water.
NOT GIVING IN TO PEER PRESSURE: A friend convinces your child to hang out with him past his curfew. He encourages him to lie to his parents that the train was delayed. Your son leaves him and comes home by himself.
NOT SHOWING OFF: Your child brings the coolest gadgets to school and makes sure not to flash them in the lunchroom for everyone to see. He just shows it to his closest friends.
GETTING ALONG WITH SIBLINGS: Your daughter is a light sleeper and her sister needs the light on. Keeping a night light on, as a compromise, so it’s not too bright and not too dark.
KNOWING HOW TO LISTEN: Not being the one who always dominates the conversation. Letting others talk as well.
LEADERSHIP: When your child assigns teams, he makes sure to also include kids who don’t perform well.
NOT BEING JEALOUS: Your child’s friend got the latest dressing style. Your child doesn’t ask to get the same.
PATIENCE: Your son doesn’t understand his homework. Your older child explains it to him again calmly.
RESPONSIBILITY: When a friend borrowed a toy from your child, he returned it to him on time just like he promised.
SHARING: When your child brings a snack or toy, she shares it with her friends.
INCLUDING A FRIEND: A good friend and your son were playing together. A new friend came trying to join in. In the beginning, your son felt threatened that he might lose his friend. Then, he realized it’s wrong and he included him in the game. They had fun together.
TOLERANCE: My daughter’s friend comes with new clothing or hair style. She tells her friend that she admires her for not being afraid to express herself.
NOT BEING ARROGANT: Even though he is popular, when your son interacts with quiet kids he doesn’t act like he is above them.