Posts Tagged: school age

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…

Teach Your Children: Reducing Negative Peer Pressure

When parents consider school-age peer pressure, perhaps they imagine the ways the child himself must resist the pressure. Although we’ll look at the child’s role in a later blog, there are parental roles that help reduce negative peer pressure for their school age children. Teach Your Children A great principal for reducing negative peer pressure…

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…

Let’s Make a Deal

All of us have situations in which there aren’t any choices, like work requirements. Children need to learn that they don’t always have a choice. Sometimes decisions are made by parents or other adults. Safety Reasons For example, parents are responsible for their children’s safety. Dr. Sue Grossman, Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan reminds parents…

Choices: Fast Food or Leftovers?

While reading the latest magazine and waiting for an x-ray at the busy clinic, an eight-year-old girl with dark eyes and a curly brown ponytail catches my attention. Anything is more interesting than a magazine a few years old that no one has bothered to steal yet. The girl whispers a secret in her friend’s…

Parents Can Help with School-Age Children’s Friendships

By Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D. What kind of friends do you want for your school age child? That simple question is complex for many families. The topic brings up memories of parent’s school friendships and feelings about their children’s friendships. Pride or Problems? If the child is well-liked, parents burst with pride. If their child…

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…

To exercise or not to exercise?

Has your doctor suggested you exercise for health benefits? Did your friend suggest exercising as a way to lose weight? Do kids ask you if you’re going to have a baby because of your tummy pouch? Should I exercise today or not? It’s a question you may ask yourself on a regular basis. Nah, not…

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….