Children Soft Skills

The 4 Soft Skills that Will Help your Children Stand Out Now and in The Future

children future children skills Mar 04, 2021

  

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

In a high intelligence quotient (IQ) world we all might think that all it takes is academic skills.

However, in today’s world soft skills like discipline & communication mark those who emerge as outstanding!

 

While the ultimate goal of parenting is to prepare little humans to be successful, happy, and fulfilled adults it seems that more and more, parents are not fully focused on the opportunity  to develop children skills necessary to accomplish success, happiness and fulfilment.

 

Before we dig deeper into what is a soft skill and why is it more important now more that ever, let's address the “why” as in why we need to pay specially attention to children soft skills.

 

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.

 

 

Why pay special attention to Children Soft Skills?

Unlike hard skills, like math, and science, soft skills revolve around communication, relating with others, and self-discipline.

Children learn these essential skills outside the classroom from their families and peers. Unfortunately sometimes they never get to learn these soft skills at all.

 

Looking back in time, school used to last a handful hours of the day and children used to spend a lot of their time outside interacting with others.

These daily interactions formulated the base for them to acquire and develop a variety of social skills.

 

Looking at the present time, children are spending more and more time at school due to the development of school curriculums following the advancement of science, literature and technology, leaving them with limited free/interaction time.

All these factors are strongly contributing to this gap of soft skills within children in the modern age.

 

Read more on the importance of soft skills for future of children: Your guide for understanding the association between Children Soft & social skills development and their future success

 

In this post we explore 4 critical soft skills. As importance of these skills is backed by a solid research base and supported by children trials and education experts across sectors and diverse world regions.

 

 

  1. Communication Skills

Communication skills include effective expression, transmission, understanding, and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.

This also includes children’s expression by gestures, being concise and respectful, and making an impact. A simple example that if your child is a confident speaker, this can be a winning factor in his upcoming kindergaden admission and even future job interview(s).

 

Examples on how you can support your child’s communication skills improvements:

  • Babies and Toddlers: Talk and listen to your children gestures, Narrate what you do during your daily routine & give them clear instructions from early age (1 year old)
  • Children (3-5 years old): Ask your children about their day, encourage expression of details, play expression with body language without talking
  • Children (above 5 years old): Practice difficult conversations together, ask your child to express his decisions and ask why? (What do you think we should do today ? and why ?)

 

 

  1. Teamwork & Collaboration

It’s inevitable that your kids will work in a team one day. We know, getting kids to cooperate can be HARD specially nowadays with smaller families (absence of siblings). But here are some simple ways to teach them how to be a collaborative team-player:

Examples on how you can support your child’s Teamwork skills improvements:

  • Babies and Toddlers: Smile and express happiness at your child when they are around other children
  • Children (3-5 years old): Read stories about team work, and praising kids on working together with other peers
  • Children (above 5 years old): Sign up for group activities after school or during school breaks, encourage collective project work and group sports

 

 

 

  1. Problem Solving

To get ahead of the crowd, your kid will need think critically. This means being able to observe, analyze and produce solutions to problems.

Something as simple as doing a jigsaw puzzle helps kids think about all sides of an issue (literally!).

Let them struggle sometimes by not over-nurturing and helping them with everything. That’s right. It might seem small, but it can help your kids learn to overcome challenges independently!

 

Examples on how you can support your child’s Teamwork skills improvements:

  • Babies and Toddlers:
    • Shape sorters and puzzles are classic problem-solving toys.
    • Hide-and-seek gives the brain a workout as kids think about where to hide or look.
  • Children (3-5 years old): Ask about their emotions and feelings and then help them identify the problem by asking “what is the hard part?”
  • Children (above 5 years old): Encourage creative play (Puzzles and DIY projects), teach problem solving basic steps

 

  1. Decision Making

The ability to make good judgements and anticipate consequences of actions is essential to moving forward in life.

Playing “Would You Rather” is a great way for kids to practice decision making. Ask them questions such as “would you rather be able to breathe underwater or fly in the air?”.

Asking them why they chose their answers also helps them strengthen the thought processes that lead to their decision.

 

Examples on how you can support your child’s Teamwork skills improvements:

  • Babies and Toddlers: Smile and express happiness at your child when they are around other children
  • Children (3-5 years old): Read stories about team work, and praising kids on working together with other peers
  • Children (above 5 years old): Sign up for group activities after school or during school breaks, encourage collective project work and group sports
 

Key Learning: Soft skills remain critical for children development and future prospects. Soft skills can be improved and supported during childhood by parents, teachers and specialists. 

 

 

 Sources:

https://www.childtrends.org/publications/5-soft-skills-that-help-youth-succeed-at-work

 http://kidswantu.com/2019/08/07/top-10-skills-kids-need-future/

https://www.allprodad.com/10-ways-teach-children-problem-solvers/

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