Children aged between 5 and
11 are very aware of other children and adults
around them. Friendships develop amongst them,
and though many friendships grow, some quietly
fade. Children at this stage must learn how to
relate to other children and how to actually go
about contacting other kids. Secondly, they must
also conduct themselves, applying some basic
rules while inviting friends over. They will
also experience strong pressures from their
friends to adopt group behaviour.
Relating and contacting
Let him be a part of
in and out of school i.e.
dance class, music class, tennis coaching and so
yourself, and organise informal
Take your child to a play
or an activity center in your
Raise your children in a
non-racist way to avoid prejudices of
any kind i.e. skin colour, sex or accent.
Contacting Friends around
Depending on the space you
have in your home or may be able to offer to
your childrens friends, you may:
Simple rules for your children and their
warning of accepting invitations– you
might have something else planned.
your own menu for informal teas
house rules apply to everybody
Clear-up time before everybody
How to deal with pressures
Children normally like to imitate each
other. Some may be harmless, while some may
experience strong pressures regarding
possessions, clothes, outings etc.
them that you are always for them and will
always give their problems a fair hearing. Help
them with their problems immediately
your child simple escape strategies. He/she
should understand that they have full right to
your children to be assertive when required and
not to be afraid to be the “different
one” or the “odd one out”
close watch on your childs activities as your
may help them when required.