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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 other children

  • Let him be a part of activities in and out of school i.e. dance class, music class, tennis coaching and so on.

  • Contact other like–minded parents yourself,  and organise informal get–togethers.

  • Take your child to a play or an activity center in your neighbourhood.

  • 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:

  • Invite them for tea

  • Invite them for an outing

  • Have a child sleepover

  • Play a particular sport or game i.e. cricket etc.


Simple rules for your children and their friends

  • Advance warning of accepting invitations– you might have something else planned. 

  • Limit your own menu for informal teas

  • The house rules apply to everybody

  • Clear-up time before everybody leaves

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.

  • Assure them that you are always for them and will always give their problems a fair hearing. Help them with their problems immediately .

  • Teach your child simple escape strategies. He/she should understand that they have full right to say 'NO'.

  • Tell your children to be assertive when required and not to be afraid to be the “different one” or the “odd one out”

  • Keep a close watch on your childs activities as your may help them when required.

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