Children need to struggle! I often wonder if children’s struggles are harder for the children or for their parents? Don’t take away their lessons. Life lessons have much less impact at 4-years-old than at 14. If your child is having a hard time with friends, rather than leave the play group, tell your child, “I believe in you.” We can figure this out. Use puppets to role play possible scenarios. Talk to your child about their feelings and normalize all of it! All adults I know are still working with feelings of sadness, loneliness and jealousy. See these experiences as opportunities for your child to develop life skills. If you believe they are ok, so will they.
Schedule Power Tip:
Intentionally include time in your day to teach social skills. Utilize one of the blank schedule power cards, add your own special picture or words and put it on the schedule. Follow this link for free and downloadable guides (Book Nooks) which were created especially for teachers/caregivers and parents to provide hands-on ways to embed social emotional skill building activities into everyday routines.