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Developing Soft Skills

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Not all academic programs emphasise soft skills development in children. According to an article on npr.org, “Academic learning is usually in the spotlight at school, but teaching elementary-age students ‘soft’ skills like self-control and social skills might help in keeping at-risk kids out of criminal trouble in the future.”

Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of parents to help their children learn the various soft skills. Children need to learn soft skills as these are essential for a successful personal and professional life.

But what exactly are soft skills?

According to skillsyouneed.com, “The phrase ‘soft skills’ is often used to describe the skills which characterise relationships with other people, or which are about how you approach life and work.”

Soft skills are essentially interpersonal skills that we use to interact and communicate. These skills are vital to communicate at both an individual and group level. Some examples of soft skills are communication skills, leadership qualities, good time management skills, problem-solving capabilities and creativity. So are also teamwork, self-motivation, professionalism and courtesy. Some experts think that empathy is also an important soft skill. To develop your children’s soft skills encourage them to read widely, ask questions, participate in school activities and do volunteer work. To hone their soft skills, children can participate in debate competitions, play a sport, do part-time jobs during holidays, make new friends, attend social events etc.

In today’s competitive world, excellent academic qualifications are not enough to achieve success. Children also need a lesson in soft skills.

For more on the topic, you can refer to the articles in this ClipBook. 

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Soft Skills

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