Relating to others is the act of being connected. Children who relate to others are comfortable in most social settings. They engage in conversation, offer input and opinions when asked, and are able to enter a pre-existing group with ease. In order to be skilled at understanding others, children must be able to understand their own emotions and know how to express those emotions in appropriate ways.
Language is a critical tool for relating to others. Words empower children to express themselves. Words allow children to have the ability to enter group play, to resolve a conflict, and to deal with sad or frightening experiences.
Empathy allows us to view a situation from someone else’s point of view. In order for a child to be able to relate to another person’s pleasure or pain, she must have experienced painful and pleasurable experiences.
Tolerance is accepting customs, behaviors, beliefs, and appearances that are different from our own. Children need interactions with others who are different in their abilities, appearance, and beliefs in order to become compassionate and accepting.