The earlier that a child develops the skills to get along and befriend others

The earlier that a child develops the skills to get

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time as a child and when they step into adulthood. The earlier that a child develops the skills to get along and befriend others, the better chance they have at thriving in the world as an adult when they’re older. Children that don’t develop these skills at a young age tend to have a harder time adapting to similar situations as they get older. Peers have the biggest impact on a young child’s social development. A child development website says, “ Peer influence is when you choose to do something you wouldn’t otherwise do, because you want to feel accepted and valued by your friends. It isn’t just or always about doing something against your will. Peer influence is a better way to describe how teenagers’ behavior is shaped by wanting to feel they belong to a group of friends or peers. Peer pressure and influence can be positive. For example, your child might be influenced to become more assertive, try new activities, or to get more involved with school. But it can be negative too. Some teenagers might choose to try things they normally wouldn’t be interested in, like smoking or behaving in antisocial ways.” We learn that there are two separate types of causes changing and molding children into who they become as well as that one of those influences is
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Overby 5 actually positive for the child instead of being mostly negative like most people would think. By interacting and being around other kids their own age, kids learn how to relate and cooperate with others their age. Peer interactions also help develop communicational skills drastically since the child is in constant use of their language with other individuals instead of keeping their thoughts to themselves if they weren’t with other children. “The middle childhood is developmental period of intensive social interactions where the first friendships are made. The interaction with the teacher also has a prominent role in forming of peer relations (Klarin, 2002), because the interaction with adults in this period creates with children the feeling of safety in forming relations with peers. In the period of the middle childhood, the groups of peers are not firm, and acceptances are easily changed and ceased. They are mostly consisted of children of the same sex and age, and the friendships are relatively superficial and oriented to mutual interests or participation into activates in which they enjoy.” p.44. This means that interactions between peers and adults alike can have major beneficial results to a child because it can create a feeling of safety and confidence that they can make friends with their surrounding peers easily without the feeling of being rejected by them. The Center of Child Development said in an article, “ An important factor in child development is how children get along with others. In fact, good social skills are very important for life success. Social skills include what to say to others, how to make and keep friends, how to work well with others, how to make good choices and how to act in different social situations. How children and adolescents function socially can impact their academic performance, behavior, interpersonal relationships and participation in extracurricular activities.” When children play with their peers, they learn a lot more about social behavior. This includes knowing how to express themselves,
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