"Giving kids confidence one social skill at a time" - Tracey Pugh
"Genuine confidence is a way of thinking about yourself and your abilities. Confidence is your perception of your own potential; it's a kind of long-term thinking that powers you through the obstacles and tough times, helping you solve problems and putting you in the way of success. Your confidence is quite a separate matter from your social skills." - John Elliot
The New York Times
Social skills are necessary for school success. They affect how you do on the playground, in the classroom, in the workplace" --Dr. Barbara Howard an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an expert on behavior and development." The New York Times
Social skills, just like reading, multiplication or riding a bike need instruction and practice. Some people are naturally more proficient. Some people take years to get their training wheels taken off. As we need to interact with others to be successful in this world, social skills need to be given as much effort as any other skill you deem important in your child’s life.
Author . Confidence Coach . Educator
I am the author of 4 books on parenting and social skills plus the Lil' Tracey series. In 2019 I founded Sociallywize an online platform to provide social skills tools and encouragement gifts. I have spent more than 20 years as an educator working with students and families and implementing these skills and life lessons in my own life.
Acquire & Inspire Social Skills
t’s important to understand what we are asking of our kids/students when they are learning and working on social communication. We’re asking them to shift how they think about social and then to change the related behavior. It takes time to do this. Your child may do great one week and struggle the next. This is normal. This is what all of us do when we are trying to do something differently. Keep this in mind the next time you think “We just talked about this!” Keep in mind how difficult resolutions are for adults. After all, our kids aren’t that different from us!