As parents, we want our children to be successful. We help them find their talents and we give them opportunity to develop those talents to their fullest. That’s all fine and well, but too often, we get a bit wrapped up in developing these talents that we forget about the simpler skills in life.

I’m talking about social skills. Looking people in the eye when talking to them. Shaking hands with a firm grip. Sitting up straight and speaking clearly with confidence. Those skills, in the long run, are much more valuable out in the real world and we’re doing our children a disservice if we don’t make a point to incorporate those little life lessons into our daily routines. And just like anything else we talk about at ScreamFree, it all starts with you. Focus on your own social skills and watch your child develop right alongside you.

-Hal Runkel, LMFT author of ScreamFree Parenting