Step Teach Cooperative Skills Then Find Practice Opportunities

There are many skills kids need to cooperate and you can teach them to your child. Choose one skill your kid needs to learn. Then take time to teach this skill (such as how to take turns, or share, or listen) by showing what it looks and sounds like. Just telling your kid about the skill is not enough; she needs to practice it again and again until she can use it on her own. So look for everyday practice opportunities such as during the car pool, standing in a grocery line, participating in a play group, or during chore time. Here are examples of how parents have reminded kids to practice the new skill:

• Taking turns: "Be sure to take turns when you play with Charlie today. Let him go first, and then it will be your turn, and then his again. Taking turns will make play time more fun because he will be happier that he has a turn."

• Teamwork: "Why don't you and your brother help each other finish your chores? If you both pitch in and work together, you'll both be finished more quickly so we can go to the movies."

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