When a child starts school, parents have heaps of different concerns … “Will Lily be able to keep up?” … “Will Josh like the school dinners?” … “Will Edie be able to put her shoes on properly after PE?” And then as they get older … “Will Lily do OK in her exams?” … “Will Josh get picked for the team?” … “Will Edie get a good mark for that essay?”
… the concerns do change … but one issue, that every parent I have spoken to agrees on, across all ages, is “will my child be happy in their friendship group?” Being happy appears to be one of the fundamental wants us as parents desire for our children.
For those of you who have school-aged children, you will be aware of the ‘in’ crowd at school … they have always existed and always will … in every school … and, as cool as it is to be in this group, it can have its issues for some of the members. But it doesn’t just have to be the ‘in’ group … sometimes, a friendship that your child is in doesn’t appear to be making them happy. You can see it as a parent but it is so difficult for your child to see … or, if they can, they really don’t know how to go about changing things.
So, how can we, as parents, support our children through this period of time if we feel they are unhappy? We can’t go marching into school every time a friendship issue gets raised at home … so what is the best way to help our child through a tricky friendship concern without making it too big of an issue? Well, I’m very lucky to have been able to discuss this with Sarah and Jayne, talking therapists, specialising in teen and pre-teen behaviour, from B.E. Integrative Therapy to give parents some ideas and tips.
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