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​​​​​​10 Social Skills Everyone Should Know

Introducing Yourself

Being able to introduce yourself confidently to others is a skill ​we use ​throughout our lives. Practicing the skill of “introducing yourself” can be a ​valuable and fun ​activity. See full-sized printable version.

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Following Instructions

Following instructions is a basic social skill and one of the most important a child will learn. See full-sized printable version.

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Asking for Help

Things don’t always go according to plan, so teaching your child ​how to ask others for help is an ​important social skill that should be taught early on. See full-sized printable version.

Dad talking to son in the car

Staying on Task

Whether you’re a child completing a homework assignment or an adult trying to meet a deadline at work, staying on task is an important social skill. See full-sized printable version.​​

Dad talking to daughter

Accepting “No” for an Answer

Your children must recognize your authority as a parent, just as they need to recognize the authority of teachers and other adults. See full-sized printable version.

Son talking to Mom

Disagreeing Appropriately

Disagreements are a part of life, and everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion — even children. However, disagreeing appropriately is a skill that must be learned and practiced. See full-sized printable version.

Mom talking to daughter

Showing Appreciation

Showing appreciation is something we could all do a little bit more often. It’s a simple thing, but it can have a lasting effect on the person who receives it. See full-sized printable version.

Mom talking to son

Making an Apology

We all make mistakes, and we all hurt others at one time or another. Learning how to apologize is an important skill that your child will use in school and well beyond. See full-sized printable version.​​

Dad and daughter planting a tree

Accepting Consequences or Criticism

When a child does something wrong or disobeys a parent or teacher, he or she will face criticism or other negative consequences, such as the loss of a privilege. It is important that your child accept these consequences. See full-sized printable version.

Dad talking to son

Controlling Emotions

Childhood can be filled with disappointment and stress when ​things don’t go a child’s way. Learning to control emotions is a social skill that can help children deal with situations that make them feel angry or upset. See full-sized printable version.​​

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