Posts Tagged: primary grades

Accepted and Rejected Children in School-Age Friendships

The good news for parents is about 80% of children fall within the “accepted” children friendship group. 1 These children have at least one friend who protects them from experiencing long, lonely days in school. The 20% However, the remaining 20% are part of the “unclassifiable” group; they may have no friends at all. Psychologists…

Peer Pressure: 5 to 8 Year Olds

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Seuss Since school age children are experiencing peer pressure, what does it look like? You may hear a child say, “If you’re my friend, you’ll play this game with me,” or “I’m mad…

Back to School: Study Habits

By Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D. Children in many areas are already back to school. Here’s some tips for parents to help their kids begin homework  after a summer break. Habits Begin Early. Children typically start getting homework in kindergarten. Many teachers send home a packet for parents to complete with their children during the week and return…

6 Year-Old Stabbed in Neck with Pencil

Was it a stabbing or a poke with a pencil? Was it bullying or an accident? Why didn’t the school call an ambulance or the police? Did the Turlock Unified District follow established protocol? The questions ruminating around California’s Central Valley abound. But the one question that bothers me the most is, Why didn’t the…

How About Some Positive Peer Pressure?

by Dr. Marian C. Fritzemeier, Ed.D. © 2013 Although the last five blogs highlighted parenting tips to help their school age children resist negative peer pressure, it is essential to remember that peer pressure isn’t always negative. Positive peer pressure assists school age children with reinforcing skills. An important example is demonstrating appropriate social behaviors….