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Easy Ways to Support a Child Who is Struggling Socially at School

Is your child struggling socially? Perhaps they’re dealing with a toxic personality in their class or feeling ostracized at school.  Our curriculum gives children the skills to stand up to Mean-on-Purpose behavior using a Quick Comeback. We also teach children, starting at a young age, how to create healthy friendships. But, what else can you do as a parent? How else can you support them from home?

When your child is facing Mean-on-Purpose behavior (as we call it) at school, there’s no doubt they really need your guidance and support. Here are a few very easy ideas to help them rise above the tough stuff:

  • Plan playdates with friends who are in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter (so your child can deepen their connection with GREAT friends)
  • Send your child positive, uplifting notes in their lunch box (little reminders from you will help your child feel strong and give him/her a little boost during the school day)
  • Get your child working on a fun, special project (so that you can help take their focus off others and back on themself)
  • Give your child fun little challenges each morning (e.g. Today’s Challenge: To play with a new friend at recess time!) and then reward your child and celebrate when they get home
  • Continue to remind your child that they DESERVE to be treated with love & respect and to always surround themselves with friends who make them feel good!

Little things like that can help your child to overcome those challenging days at school. The key is bring more positives into their lives – so the positives outweigh the negatives – and they can get back to focusing on what brings them joy!

Written by Dana Kerford
Friendship Expert and Founder of URSTRONG

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