“Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you” – Misty Copeland
Parenting doesn’t necessarily have what one would call a one-size-fits-all situation. Different children growing up in different environments will have different physical and emotional needs. But one thing that always stays the same is the need to socialize.
Why Socializing can be nurturing
Sure, children learn a lot from their parents and families. But what really sets them on a path to accelerated development is healthy socializing and friendship. This is how they begin the process of learning acceptable behavior and over time, they also develop bonds with the other children. As their bonds with other children grow, they also begin to build confidence, make friends, express themselves in ways they didn’t before, and even just do silly things together.
Let’s land those helicopters!
The same care that causes a parent to help can also reduce the potential of growth through accidents. While this article cannot be a sole guide to child-rearing, there are a few things a parent should keep in mind about the beginnings of separation.
Learn to let go: It has to be difficult to have to let them experience the world on their own, even if it is only from a few moments away. There are times when it’s necessary to step in for the child’s safety, but anything short of that is a go! If your child decides they want to socialize and you have some time to kill, let them!
Children are quick learners!
Children are predisposed to learning about the world. However, this isn’t limited to just books. Children take their cues from the adults around them. They orient their actions and behaviours around how they are treated, handled, and spoken to. They will also observe how you treat your friends very closely, so be mindful of what your children are seeing when you have friends over!