Activities and New Social Experiences

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by Patrice on January 24, 2011 · 0 comments

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Slow & Steady (5-9 Years)

Once children reach the slow and steady age that usually happens between 5 and 9 years, outside influences of friends and teachers, including participation in extracurricular activities, will begin to show up in their home life. The busy single mom can keep up with the reasons behind these changes by taking steps to open the lines of communication between the child, teacher, friends and parents of friends.

Active involvement in your child’s school and extracurricular activities will be the key to recognizing the new experiences in you child’s life. As new ideas and boundaries are introduced, explored and tested, an involved mom will be less likely to be taken by surprise because of a new interest, behavior or habit exhibited by the child.

At school, the pro-active single mom should introduce herself to the child’s teacher as early in the school year as possible. Make an appointment to discuss any issues that may affect the classroom experience during the coming year. Face to face meetings after initial contact may be limited to the occasional smile and wave as the child is dropped off or retrieved from school, but parent teacher conferences, phone calls and email communication should be enough to let both the teacher and single mom know that they are working together to support each other in making the school year a success for the child.

Encourage your child to tell you about the other children in the class. If the child has made a best friend that you know nothing about, seek out the parents and try to arrange an activity so that you can see how the new friends interact in a social environment. This also gives you a good opportunity to judge if you’re willing to drop your child off at the other child’s home for an afternoon of play.

As the child becomes involved in before or after school activities, show up early with your child so that you can observe the social climate of the room. Try to chat with the group leader, asking questions about these extracurricular activities.

Single moms often have a hectic schedule, but any time they can devote to volunteering at their child’s school or extra curricular activity will bring added insight to the child’s social growth. It will also give the child the knowledge that mom is interested in their activities outside the home. The sharing opportunity established in the early years will lay the groundwork for discussions of out of the home experiences as the child grows and is involved in activities that mom is not a part of.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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