Is your kid "likeable"?
Avery is too little to be real sociable just yet, but I know she'll be there before I know it. I want to help her develop the necessary traits to interact with her peers well.
According to this article, a child's "likeability" can say something about how successful they'll be as an adult. This shouldn't be confused with how POPULAR your child is. Likeability is more about whether or not your child perceived by other kids as someone they like to be around. The reason it's important is because if other kids enjoy spending time with your kid it's usually because they have some good social habits. Good social habits will follow them into adulthood and help them build positive relationships, get/keep a job, and even find a spouse.
The traits that made kids the most likeable were things like letting other people talk without interrupting, playing cooperatively, being gracious, not being overly shy, and being able to earnestly be happy for others.
Well, now I know what to keep in mind as Avery grows up. I think these are great things for any child to learn, really. Especially now that it's summer. There's time to work on this stuff before older kids go back to school in a new grade.
Do you think you child has these traits? If not, which ones do you think you'd work on and how would you do it?