If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably experienced “the good, the bad and the ugly” of relationships. Relationships are inevitable…some are thrust on us like the families we are born into and some develop based on our interactions and the choices we make.
Relationships are a vital part of a child’s social and emotional development. In the course of interacting with family, friends (offline & online), teachers, domestic they too would most definitely encounter various kinds of people with whom they could build either healthy of unhealthy relationships. As tempting as it is for parents to want to shield their children from the “bad & ugly” relationships, it’s not very realistic. Modeling and teaching them the kind of relationships they should foster is a more realistic intervention.
Research shows that children with healthy relationships in school have a more positive attitude to learning and tend to perform better academically. Their skillfulness in building & nurturing healthy relationships is key for success. Children need to taught early the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. What are the symptoms of unhealthy relationships offline & online? How can they nurture healthy relationships?
Enjoy this short video. It’s a great guide for parents as we have conversations with our children on healthy and unhealthy relationships. The basics of great relationships are the same regardless of age and the earlier we start having these discussions, the better. For those of us with older children, it’s good to remind them occasionally as they experience the different phases of life.
We’d be happy to hear your experience with helping your child foster healthy relationships or how you weaned them off unhealthy ones. Please share by posting a comment.