True or False: There is no way to teach social skills | Podcast Episode 284

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My jaw was on the floor recently during a parent coaching call with one of our Ninja Parenting Community members, when she revealed that her child’s teacher told her “there is no way to teach social skills.”
Immediately I knew I wanted your thoughts on this… and if this is also your belief, I’d like to use today’s podcast episode to change your mind.

Because of course we can teach social skills!
In today’s episode I offer three ways to do so.

Please learn them, heed them, take them into your heart.

Because without these crucial skills – without humans passing them on to our offspring – our society breaks down.

And also life is a lot less fun!

Plus in Parenting News: I’m sharing about a new favorite podcast of mine, An Arm and A Leg, a podcast about the insanity of healthcare in the United States. It’s a great show because it tells amazing stories, and finds a lot to be optimistic about, in a part of American society that I was feeling increasingly frustrated with… turns out I am not the only one.

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Go to for:

  • A cheat sheet on the 3 ways you can teach social skills to your young child
  • Key links we talk about in this episode
  • The video of the week: “Can I teach my child social skills? And if so how?”

And thank you so much for listening!

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Cheat sheet on the 3 ways to teach your young child social skills

1) Expose your kids to other kids.
If our children are going to learn how to be social, they need that exposure first and foremost. Playgrounds and parks, libraries, fast food play places… I’m sure you can think of many more, but these are the first ideas that come to my mind as places you can bring your young children and just raise their social-exposure-time.

2)Let them play.
Open-ended and screen free are the operative words here. Participating in a planned activity/class, or watching something on a screen alongside other kids, don’t count because our kiddos need time and space to spontaneously connect.

3) Play WITH them.
Participate in some of the many different kinds of open-ended, screen-free play we talk about in this episode, which includes dramatic play; artistic play; reading together, and more.


Key Links

Click here for episode 230, my fun and playful conversation with Charlie Hoehn, about how simple play helped him heal following a years-long bout with anxiety and depression.

Click here for the podcast I highlight in this week’s Parenting News segment, An Arm and A Leg, about healthcare nuttiness in the United States.


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