Only children can be fantastically bright, creative, independent, and have higher confidence in themselves. These are all great traits you should be proud your child has, but sometimes,these traits get in the way of learning how to work, play, and share with others. Social skills like these are essential in today’s world, so it’s important to make sure your child is learning the proper people skills to be able to handle challenges the world and others may throw at them, from group projects in school to working with a team of others at a job. The Creative Learning Academy sees these issues quite often, and we’ve gathered some important information about fostering a teamwork ethic in an only child.
The missing trait
As mentioned above, children with no siblings tend to be much more independent than those with brothers and sisters. They are also better academic achievers and can sometimes be more demanding and private than others. While none of these are necessarily bad things, all of them can help contribute to a loss of social interest and a resistance to teamwork and the concept of sharing. Teaching your only child teamwork helps her learn to think about others, as well as take responsibility for her actions. Empathy is an essential trait to making it in the world, and teamwork helps cultivate empathy. The ability to think about others’ needs or wants and work peacefully with them in a team setting is one of the most-needed traits in today’s workforce, and it will help your child become a well-rounded person.
So how do you do it?
Socializing your children can help dramatically with teamwork skills. Signing them up for group activities like sports, clubs, or dancing classes can help them learn how to be around and work with other children their age, as well as have some fun in the process. Taking them to playdates or daycare centers can help, too. Watching shows or movies and reading books that focus on teamwork and helping others is another good way to let them learn about the benefits and necessity of working with other people. Playing games that require work in teams will also foster a feeling of team involvement, and common games like the two-legged race or egg drop can be a fun way to incorporate group activities into your kid’s life. Most importantly, make teamwork a focal point of your home. Show your child that your household thrives off of everyone’s participation and cooperation. Let your child do chores, encourage him to compliment others when they do a good job, and ask him to help you or a family member with a task. Letting your child see how you help others and encouraging him to do the same are key to getting your child to appreciate and enjoy teamwork, and it can keep loneliness and self-centeredness at bay.
The family as team
Good traits start at home. Centering your family around the concept of teamwork can help your only child see the value and importance of it. Make her feel like she’s part of the team and essential to keeping things running through small tasks and chores, and she’ll feel needed and useful, as well as recognize that everyone else does their part, too. Group activities like volunteer work or sports can further grow an appreciation of teamwork in your only child, as well as teach her other important social and life skills. Preschools and daycares like the Creative Learning Academy are other great ways to teach only children about teamwork and help them build meaningful bonds. Just doing a few of these things can make a visible difference in your child, one she’ll appreciate it when she’s older.
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