Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 38: Holiday Social Skills for Teens. This post is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Nothing like a huge Christmas party or family gathering to make teens feel awkward. Are they kids or adults? How are they supposted to interact?
Social skills are not simply for the holidays. If your teens learn “networking” skills now, they will be well prepared for life after homeschool highschool.
However, the holidays are one of those times that brings out the best and worst of behavior when families get together. Teens (and everyone else) get to feeling stressed and irritable from being tired, hangry, crowded or simply *too much relative-filled time*.
Here’s a post for those family gatherings that bring out the tension:
Even when things are going great, homeschooling high schoolers (and the rest of the family) need to practice empowered and gracious social skills. These include:
- Saying *thank you* and *please*
- Putting the cell phone away when sitting with the relatives (but allowing escape time for cell phone check-ins)
- Helping with chores, cooking, setting up
- Giving compliments
- Listening to older relatives telling stories