Is your child a team player? Importance of interpersonal relationship

Is your child a team player? In today’s episode, we talk about the Importance of interpersonal relationships.


Human is a social animal. We all need everyone else to survive. Right from waking up in the morning, eating breakfast, till dinnertime and sleep we use all the products manufactured and made for us in different parts of the world by different people. We need other people for our survival and being a team player is an absolute must-have skill for every individual. We also build relationships with parents, teachers, friends, relatives, neighbors, grocers, doctors, and basically, everyone we see and meet. In this podcast, we talk about how important it is for your child to be a team player and the importance of interpersonal relationships. Listen to know more.

According to famous parenting expert Dr, Claire Halsey, kids need to learn to share, play to their strengths, and take help from other people where they lack the skill. An interpersonal relationship is a core skill for all humans.

So, here are some of the ways you can try and introduce Team Player spirit in your household.


How to develop interpersonal skills?

Build confidence:

Some of the kids may be shy and reserved and find it difficult to work in a team. We can definitely help them to build confidence to talk and mingle with their peers with some activities, starting at home.

Some of the activities that you can do at home to be a team player:

  1. Cooking with siblings:

Cooking is one of the tasks, which work the best to teach team building. You can ask them to work on No-Fire cooking at home. Chopping, baking, mixing, serving, cleaning, all of these tasks can be planned, shared, and presented well. This also develops good bonding and confidence and of course, it is an extremely fun activity.

      2. Board games:

 Playing board games, as a family is one the best activity we can do as parents to our kids. Kids love it when parents join them for games. Build confidence, and teaches them the feeling of winning and losing. Helps them to be a gracious losers. This is one of the important traits of a team player.

Create Opportunities

As parents, when we are trying to make our kids’ team players, we need to try and provide them with opportunities. Here are some of the was where you can find these opportunities for them.

  1. Birthday parties:

Birthday parties are fun and the perfect place to teach team-building skills. Kids need to wait for their turn, participate in-group games, and be happy for others. So, if you are invited to a birthday party, please make sure that your kids attend.

      2. Office team outing:
This is the time when they can meet new people who they do not meet often. New emotions and new excitement come into the picture. You can make sure that the kids can play in some group activity, to teach them to be a team players.

Teach good behavior

It is important to teach them good behavior to be a part of a team.

  1. Observe while at play:
    Kids learn a lot by observing others; they learn a lot by mimicking the people they are around with. We must make sure they are aware of their behavior. If they are misbehaving, we need to reach out and check with them the reason. Being a team player means, they need to understand their strengths and weakness as well as their peers. They need to play to their strengths and move back when their peer wants to shine.
  2. Group play:
    Another great activity to teach them to be team players is letting them act in a play. Acting in a play improves communication, and makes them the best listeners, also good speakers. Imagine, working with peers to memorize their lines, understanding the characters, and working on costumes. All of these will make sure they work along with other people to be the best team players.

Teach them to accept criticisms:

There is a thin line between criticism, bullying, and putting someone down. Teach them the difference between these. Kids should know the difference and should be able to defend themselves or accept the constructive criticism that comes their way. While at play, kids may suggest the way they are playing the game is wrong. Or, acting in a play, they need to listen to what their teachers are asking them to do. They should be open to these and try and implement the same in their act. Constructive criticism always helps them to grow as great individuals. Makes them excellent team players and everyone will want them on their team.

Talk to caregivers and educators

To understand your kids, always talk to their caregivers and educators. You might be working on making them a team players, but the results must always be crosschecked with the educators. Are they participating in school activities? How are they behaving with their friends? Also, explain the activities that you are doing with your child and get feedback from them. If necessary make a few tweaks to the plan.

There is a great quote, which goes like this “Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results” – Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha.

Being a team player improves the overall development of the child. Working with other people will help your child to understand, empathize, listen and grow together in every way. Great team players are almost always great leaders.


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