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Social norms are not “brought as standard” or associated with personality, that is, they must be learned. This means that if you want your children to be able to behave correctly in society, you need to teach them these kinds of social norms from a child. For example, greet when you enter a trade and say goodbye when you leave it.

The best way to teach children to behave correctly with others, is through the example itself. We already know that children are a true reflection of what they see every day. Behavior, acts and words you hear at home. So, if you want your son or daughter to be empathetic, to be supportive and affectionate with others, the first and fundamental thing is that you see that behavior in yourself.

What are social norms

Social norms are a set of rules and behaviors that people must follow, for what, coexistence in a community is more appropriate and beneficial for all. For example, children in their school must follow a number of social norms for the rest of their peers. Also with their teachers and with the people they interact with daily.

In a community of neighbours, these social norms must also be followed that will allow good coexistence and well-being for all the people who live there. As in the home itself, there must be social rules to behave among the various members of the family. Because if these rules are learned at home, it will be much easier for everyone to assimilate them as normal and children will respect them in any social sphere.

Social norms that children should learn

Like all kinds of learning in children, it should be started with the most basic and gradual way. Especially if it is not something that has always been instilled at home, because you can not change bad behavior from day to day. Start by changing small gestures and includes new habits little by little. In this way, children will receive some kind of training without hardly noticing it.

Here are some examples of social norms

  • Give thanks: A simple way to teach children the value of gratitude and they can easily learn at home. Any simple gesture that helps at any given time deserves a thank you, for example, when your child helps you set the table don’t forget to thank him.
  • Greeting: Greeting is a gesture of good education and attention to other people. Greeting and saying goodbye to people helps these others feel visible, valued and with that simple gesture, you can make them completely change their day.
  • Empathy: The ability to put yourself in each other’s place, that is empathy. This is one of the most elementary social norms. If children learn to be empathetic, they will be more supportive and respectful with other living things, not just people.
  • Talk without shouting: Another social norm that will help children to relate correctly in various social spheres. The ability to speak without screaming, respect the turn of the word and work active listening. With small exercises at home all these skills can be practiced, for example, organizing a small debate after watching a children’s film.
  • Respect others’ things: Learn to care for and respect the things of others, starting with the things of brothers, friends or classmates. It will certainly help them understand that things should not be mistreated, because they always belong to other people. On the street, street lamps, swings or trees on the street belong to all people and that is why it is important to respect and care for everything.
  • Ask forgiveness: All people are wrong at some point and that is something that helps us improve and grow as people. But to amend possible failures, you have to learn to apologize as well as learn to forgive.