Helping develop a child’s teamwork skills and capabilities is crucial when it comes to their future. Cooperation is a necessary skill all children must have if they wish to succeed in working with others in their school and home environments. Without these skills, your child may be more likely to distance themselves from others, and be less cooperative at those moments when it’s most needed. As a parent, you can help your children develop their cooperative skills with both adults and other children. If you feel your child isn’t responding to your efforts, there are a variety of methods you can try.
Work on Teambuilding at Home
By making sure your child actively engages in chores, homework, and play time with their siblings or other people in the house, you’ll ensure these behaviors naturally carry over into the school environment. If your child withdraws from these scenarios and doesn’t want to work or play with anyone at home, this can indicate potential problems in school as well. Communicating effectively and staying firm in your stand for your child’s cooperation will eventually help them see that being part of a team and working with others is both fun and rewarding. This can be especially difficult for shy children, but they’ll take plenty of cues from you if you’re persistent and consistent.
Try different approaches of communication to see which ones work for you and your child.
Talk to Teachers about Your Child’s Teamwork in School
Even though your child may be willing to work with others at home, this may be because they are in a much more comfortable atmosphere with people they have known their whole life. Make sure you speak to the teachers and adults your child is directly involved with in order to get a full sense and understanding of their behaviors. Teachers will generally be happy to recommend a few activities you can engage in that will improve their sense of teamwork and cooperation.