Social skills after lockdown.

Laura Silcock

Laura Silcock

Posted – 13/04/2021

As we start to return back to groups and back to a more ‘normal’ way of life, we have been finding the biggest concern parents have about their children is how their social skills will have been affected during lockdown.

Just like us, our little ones have been through a lot the past year. Some may have only ever lived through lockdown, and some have been told they can’t go to groups or play with their friends anymore. Now that we are able to mix with other’s more, it is important we remember that this might be a difficult transition for our little ones.

For babies who have only experienced being at home with parent’s, the next few weeks and months are going to be huge for them.

They are likely to be very attached to their main caregiver and may become upset or distressed when put in a situation with people who aren’t familiar to them. This is totally normal and doesn’t mean that they will always be wanting to sit and play just with you.

Our job is to make our children feel safe and secure in new situations. Our babies and children feed off us, so if we are feeling anxious about something, they are likely to be unsettled to. It is therefore important that we take time to think about what we feel comfortable with and what we want out of coming out of lockdown and plan only what we feel happy with.

When introducing our babies and children to others, it is important we don’t put any pressure on them to ‘have fun’ all the time. Sometimes it is easy for us to expect our little ones to enjoy something because we want them to, or because we think they should, but the reality is that just like us, children have their good days and not so good days. If you do something and your little ones is unsettled then reassure them. Cuddle them, feed them, try to make them feel comfortable.

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