An important aspect of child development is social interaction with adults as well as other children. Through social interaction, children are not only able to discover who they are, but also learn how the world around them works. Giving children the opportunity to play with other children aids in teaching them appropriate behaviors: manners, respect for others, and how to share. Being around other children also helps to develop communication and motor skills. Seeing other children perform different tasks, play with new objects, and explore their surroundings can give a child the confidence they need to try something new.
As parents, we want our children to grow up being open-minded, and willing to try new things. We want them to be able to manage their emotions, feel empathy, and interact positively with others. Early social interactions will help to develop a strong foundation for these life skills.
MOMS Club of Prescott provides social interaction for our young children with weekly playdates at MOMS Club Member Missie’s house. Children are able to grow those important social skills, and have fun all at the same time. It also gives us moms a chance to get out of the house, and get the social interaction we need ourselves. At this week's playdate, Missie set up a kiddy pool and a splash pad. Everyone had tons of fun for a couple of hours.
So, remember to encourage positive social interaction with your children, and also for yourself. Consider joining MOMS Club, we'll make it easy for you!
~ contributed by Spring Beard, MOMS Club Member