Caring and sharing to last a lifetime
Getting along with others is an important social skill for everyone. Babies show social skills from the time they are born. From the first time a baby turns to the sound of his mother’s voice, young child willingly plays with another child, social skills are being developed. Every summer I am reminded of how important the early years are for modeling good skills of caring for others and building friendships. My daughter Claire and her friends Caroline and Morgan first met as infants at Day Nursery in 2000. They formed a bond so strong during their time at our Federal Center that everyone started calling them “The Triplets.” As they head into fourth grade this fall in three different elementary schools their friendship remains strong. The Daily Parent at the Child Care Aware website notes it may seem like common sense that children need to get along with others. However, nurturing positive social skills takes time and practice. Skills grow when children have ongoing and steady relationships with their parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends. These skills continue to develop and grow throughout their lives. This week “the triplets” are together again at summer camp trying out their acting skills and falling right back into their old routine even though their time together is limited these days. I think I look forward to these Day Nursey summer reunions as much as the girls do. I am lucky to have found great friends at Day Nursery too in the mothers of these girls. As Moms, we will continue to nuture our daughters’ friendship as long as we can. It is worth the investment.