Threatening to Remove Connection
When children want to hurt others, one of the primary ways they do it is by threatening to remove connection. Even young children know the power of saying things like:
- "I'm not your friend anymore"
- "I don't want to play with you."
- "You're not invited to my birthday party!"
- "I hate you!"
Words can really hurt. Children need help learning to express anger or frustration in healthier ways rather than threatening to no longer be friends. group of children
Learning to Fit Into Peer Groups
One of the most complex tasks of growing up is figuring out how to fit into the peer group. If your child struggles to fit in, it can be agonizing for both you and your child. You would like to protect your child and yet you really have limited abilities within your child's peer group. One mom told of the terrible experience her middle school daughter, Samantha, had when planning her birthday party.
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