How To Encourage Teamwork and Cooperation in Children
How can you teach your child teamwork? What are the benefits of working in a team? Storyberries offers parenting tips and free books about teamwork for kids.
As children grow they will have to do jobs of all kinds, and will also face challenges at school and college. Teaching children the value of working together in teams is a highly valued skill in today’s world, as it allows kids to realise the value of diversity in people’s complementary strengths.
Working as a team has many benefits, and can be encouraged in children from an early age. Nurturing teamwork in children can result in kids who are more sociable, collaborative, and capable of solving the different problems that come up in life.
Teamwork can be exercised in small collaborative groups, where members have the opportunity to practice and develop skills, observing and reflecting on attitudes and values that require practice. It can also be practiced when children play board games, participate in team sports, and help with household chores. Even simply being in a family means working in a team!
In all these activities, teamwork can teach organisation, leadership, and critical judgment. Children working in teams can also discover a sense of community, which in turn can support their resilience, as successes are shared, and failures absorbed by the group.
It is not easy for all children to share work, present ideas, and see how other people develop them. Everyone is an individual, and some are born with a competitive personality. Teaching children to embrace teamwork may require a different approach for every child.
Storyberries has a number of free books about teamwork and co-operation which you can read for free online by clicking on the links below:
And Also! is a fantastic picture book that shows the power of participating in positive communication in teams. In the story, a little sister always develops the ideas of her bigger brother so that they come up with even better ideas than they could alone.
Article by Luzmery M. Romero Gamboa/ Jade Maitre Luzmery works in the area of clinical psychology as a psychotherapist for children, adolescents and families. Since 2016, she has run a Psychological Center in Venezuela called Psicoluz. She offers workshop facilitations to parents, is involved in recreational activities for children, and has been working as a freelancer since 2017 performing online psychotherapy.