Relational skills are the set of abilities that help us coordinate our lives, understanding, motivation, timing, moods, values, attitudes and actions with whatever is going on in the hearts and minds around us.
Relational skills are brain-based skills that are essential for developing healthy connections and relationships. Ideally, these skills are learned from our families beginning in infancy. However, all of us have gaps, ranging from minor ones to large ones. To fill these gaps, we need to intentionally develop the skills that we didn’t receive in our early years.
Ultimately, relational skills are about accuracy of perception. The best relational skills allow us to see and treat ourselves and others as God sees and treats us.
An overview of the relational skills can be found at https://thrivetoday.org/the-19-skills/. Scroll down and select any of our 19 skills to access more information and resources for building that skill.
Developing the relational skills in your own life will inevitably spill over to your parenting capacities. However, the following resources are geared specifically for parents: