Encourage child to make friends
SO THE first couple of weeks of school have gone by and the initial excitement or apprehension your child faced is hopefully behind them.
You’ll start to notice how your child is responding to school and if there any issues.
One common concern in the early weeks is about making friends, especially since class sizes are bigger than day care and they’ll be surrounded by new faces.
Friendships also become more important as your child starts school as it influences their self-esteem and teaches them important life skills, such as getting along with others, resolving conflicts and problems, sorting out emotions and learning independence. How can you encourage them to develop friendships
It’s a great idea to try to encourage some extracurricular time for your child with their new friends.
A simple play date is a great idea, which also enables you to get to know the other child’s parents/guardians.
Try to keep the play dates short, as too long can stretch the friendship. One or two hours together is fine. My child is struggling to make friends
Maybe your child has been strangely quiet about making friends at school or they have flat-out told you they don’t have friends.
The first few weeks are daunting in a new environment, so maybe your child simply needs some encouragement.
For a start, your child might be unsure about how to introduce themselves. Encourage them to say hello and share their name with a new person. Be there for your child
You’re still the number-one influence on your child. It’s your support and encouragement that will help them through friendship troubles. A hug or a chat goes a long way. Get help
If you need support or advice, you can make contact with our Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service child health team on: Gayndah – 4161 3571 Mundubbera – 4165 5222 Monto – 4166 9300 Biggenden – 4127 6400