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12 Days of Christmas! - Have a Playful Holiday Season! - Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas!

The holidays can be a tough time mentally for anyone. With the pandemic ongoing, some of us may have experienced tough challenges. We've decided to create a series of activities for everyone in the family to keep us emotionally balanced! Feel free to create your own twist or add to the activity!

Day 11: Play a board game!

We learn how to treat other people by modeling how the adults around us act. Social skills begin at home, and parents must play a very active role in helping their children develop these skills.

By playing board games with your child you

  1. help develop joint attention, turn-taking, shared interests, cooperation, and appropriate play with toys.

  2. to understand and display their own emotions and to recognize these emotions in other people.

  3. to understand and recognize how other people are feeling in particular situations.

Good social skills go a long way for children. They help to sustain friendships. As social interactions can sometimes be complicated, we need a way to strategize or know when to compromise to maintain positive interactions with others.

Conflict resolution and empathy are examples of how this allows children to respond in an understanding and caring way to how others feel. Social Skills are the most underrated skill set any child can have. Most parents pay no mind to teaching their young children what may be a "correct" interaction with others. However, with an increase in bullying, it appears that it is never too early to begin teaching essential social skills in children. Strong social skills will lead to children growing up to be healthy, socially thriving adults.

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