The pandemic had a major impact on children’s social skills and now that restrictions are lifting, there is a lot that would go back to normal and your child might not feel prepared for that, keeping in mind they have spent almost two years at home. So, how can you help them blend in a social setting?
Here is what you can do.
- Accept that they will take their time to adapt any social group. Habits take a long time to form and it is a reasonable thing to let them adjust at their pace.
- Identify any signs of stress and pressure. If they feel a bit uneasy interacting with their peers or a group, take it slow and make them understand it is totally normal.
- Avoid giving them a false sense of safety. Instead, tell them that their schedule is about to change and you are here to support them incase they need you around.
- Be patient with young children as they might feel the process is entirely new to them. It would also be a bit more fresh if your child was just starting to interact socially when the pandemic hit.
- Slowly help them be an active participant in things. You can also try to be there when they need to see a familiar face in the crowd.
All this will help your child adjust socially again.