Nobody learns by isolating himself and refusing to associate or relate with others in his environment. Kids have higher tendency of learning real fast because of their age. But the ability for a child to acquire experience which will translate into learning depends on his or her social interactions.

Social interactions help young children to start developing tthat sense of self, and also learn what others expect of them. Sending your kids to school exposes them to the social interactions they require to grow. But, interactions within a formal or educational environment is not just enough to adequately enhance a child's learning. Children should be exposed to their mates, fellow children from other backgrounds and families in the neighbourhood /compound. Allow them to play together even though they should be monitored.

Here is a true life story.

Mrs Shola is a civil servant. She leaves her workplace about 1330hours to pick her three kids from the school and takes them home. Her husband lives in another city, so she stays alone with the kids in their apartment. What she does is that when she brings the kids home, she will quickly ready their lunch, lock them up in the house, then rush back to work. She does not allow them leave the house or play with their mates within the compound. So, after crying for hours, the kids will sleep off until their mum returns home.

On this fateful day, as usual, she locks them up in the house and flees back to work. The kids, when they finishes their lunch, begin to play round the house. There is no light. All of a sudden, the last born goes missing. The other two search for her all over the house but cannot find her. They cry and cry, bang and bang on the door, but nobody would hear them from the outside.

After about 15mins, their mum returns only to meet them sobbing exhaustively on the floor. They look terrified and panicky. They cannot explain the whereabout of their little sister. But, as God would have it, their already frightened mum goes straight to the Deep Freezer, and therein lay Jumoke, unconscious! Glory be to God, there was no light! Later, Jumoke revives in the hospital!

This is how this over protective parent nearly murdered her own daughter.

In as much as Kids should be monitored to ensure that they don't hurt themselves, play with harmful objects or do naughty things, they should be given the opportunity to socialize and relate their mates. They need to learn and share ideas with their mates outside the home, outside the school environment. Over-protective measures placed round your kids like barb wires will not only harm them, but they will eventually grow up not having a mind of their own, being fully dependent on you and not being able to face life's challenges out their - ALONE.

You've probably encountered the little kid at the supermarket who tells you his life story in 5 minutes and wants to know why you're buying wheat bread instead of flour, wearing a pink shirt and where you're going tomorrow. Then there's your child who gets nervous even saying hi to other kids is an ISSUE.

Some kids are naturally social. They don't hesitate to walk up to other kids and start talking as if they've known them their whole lives. For other children, it takes more effort to be social. You can help break those barriers down. Scatter those barriers.

Save a kid's future today!

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