Social anxiety is common among children and can begin at any age.

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Patience—the ability to delay one’s own gratification for the sake of others—is an important part of social success.

Adults appreciate patient children and see them as “well-behaved” and somewhat surprisingly, children appreciate this virtue as well.

Problems with anger management can be very detrimental to a child’s social development.

No one likes to be with someone who is angry all of the time, or someone who expresses anger in inappropriate ways.

Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction.

These behaviors can become more prevalent with the added social pressures of middle school.

Giving and receiving compliments can be more difficult for kids than most adults realize.

But some children are overly concerned with the approval of their peers, even to extent of behaving in ways that they know adults will disapprove of.

Most children intuitively know about personal space, when someone is standing too close, when someone is standing too far away, or when someone is touching them in an uncomfortable way.

If you observe a group of children in a school cafeteria, you can tell in a minute which children are more “popular” with their peers, almost all of the time it will be the children with good conversational skills.