Another weekend and your child was sitting all alone at home? It definitely will make a parent worry knowing that their child doesn’t have any friends to hang out with. It is difficult for both you and as well as them. Being a parent, you have a great responsibility in getting your child out of this phase.
It’s never easy to talk about such issues with your kid, but it generally improves over time. With your help, the child can actually come out of this phase even more quickly. So, be patient. Here are a few things that can actually aid you and your child during this phase.
Completely clear-off the Stigmas
First of all, never say your child that he or she is ‘unsociable,’ ‘shy,’ ‘introvert,’ or anything that can hurt their feelings. What they need right now is your understanding and support. All sort of disgracing words can actually affect them even more and result in self-degradation as well.
Such words can only make them feel even worse, which is the last thing you would want at this point. You have to make your child feel like you and your child can overcome this period in a better way. Get your child closer to you and try to understand them better. Try to figure out some ideas in making friends and share with your child in a sensitive manner.
Arrange a Gathering
Create prospects for your left out child. Organize play-dates for your little one. Or else if you are handling a teenager, then you may even host some kids for a sleepover. Not just sleepover, maybe a trip or just to the movies. See about inviting guests who have children of your child’s age. Importantly, motivate your child to interact and get involved in the activities. There are a lot of chances that at a point they can meet their potential friends.
Make a Friendly Interaction
When your child is opening up about their sorrow of being left out, patiently listen to them. Be a good listener. Don’t advise them immediately, listen to them calmly, and discuss what can be done. However, when you are telling them your opinion, be polite and friendly. Start the day by talking to them for some time and praising them. Make sure they find a friend in you. In this way, the child gets the hope of having a loving home if not the society. In that way, he builds confidence in overcoming the phase with love that shows at home.
Become a Buddy
When your child is being left out and is feeling extremely down, be a fun companion. Make him laugh, even if you are bad at jokes. The share of how your days went well, fill the role of a friend.
This practice does not make him feel better but also improve the environment at home. The family is always there for one another in need, while expressing it through the little initiatives you take.