Resources for Social Skills: Get Your Angries Out

It’s been said over and over again: if we want to raise children who will grow up to be successful in life, we need to focus on more than just academic success. Here are some of the qualities and traits that we have covered in the past:

Recently, an article from the New York Times added one more: social skills – can your child play well with others? To be more specific, the article covers the importance of having the power combination – cognitive and social skills – since either on its own will not be enough. Jobs that require only technical skills are likely to become automated in future. Jobs that require only empathy and flexibility will not be well paid because there are too many people available to take the job.

Despite the emphasis on teaching computer science, learning math and science is not enough. Jobs that involve those skills but not social skills, like those held by bookkeepers, bank tellers and certain types of engineers, have performed the worst in employment growth in recent years for all but the highest-paying jobs. In the tech industry, for instance, it’s the jobs that combine technical and interpersonal skills that are booming, like being a computer scientist working on a group project.

Helping Children Develop Social Skills

Since most school focus on cognitive development – that is the main focus of a school after all – the real concern is that there is insufficient focus on the development of social skills. So what can we do to help children develop their social skills? Here are a few programs we have covered in the past:

Anger Management: Get Your Angries Out

Angries Out is a terrific site with loads of free resources for helping children deal with difficult emotions, such as Teaching Resilience to Children:

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