Jennifer Bair, operations director
Child and Family Support Center
Over the years I have noticed something within our communities: social skills are falling by the wayside. Bullying is on the rise, children exclude others and spend more and more time in front of video games, and television, while communication is happening through texts or other forms of technology. I ask myself, “What is going to happen to our communities when none of us can interact with one another?”
Social skills are essential for our children. Not only will these skills help them in school, but also in the long run – when they are in college and the work force. There is no getting around it, we have to interact with others, and hopefully in a positive and meaningful way. Some areas of concern are communicating, handling stress, making good friends, having a high self-esteem, problem solving and having a sense of empathy.
It is crucial for children and adults to acquire and continue to receive education on these skills. Luckily here in Cache Valley social skills classes are offered at the Child and Family Support Center. I have watched many children come through our doors, participate in the class and leave with a skillset to help them through school and in later years. My nieces have taken the classes and it is so amazing to see them use the skills they learned in their lives. It is also helpful when there comes a time where a correction needs to be made with children and a parent can say, “What did you learn about anger in your class? Is this how we handle our anger?”
Social Skills classes are taught in a fun, interactive way at the Child and Family Support Center. They are free and offered three times a year. The next classes are scheduled for:
“I am Awesome” for 5 and 6 year olds: January 6, 4 to 5 p.m.
“Angry (and other emotions) Birds” for 7 to 9 year olds: January 7, from 4 to 5 p.m.
“TNT (Tweens Naturally Terrific)” for 10 to 12 year olds: January 8, from 4 to p.m.
Please call the Child and Family Support Center at 435-752-8880 to register. Space is limited.