And for a child who is slower to adjust and adapt, who may be less mature than his peers, these changes can be highly difficult.
To support a child who may feel out of place, you can:
- Assure him of your unconditional love. A child who cannot yet keep up with the social whirl his peers are entering may quickly lose self-esteem. He needs to know that home is a safe, loving haven for him.
- Listen to his concerns. Make time to talk to your child each day. For example, talk in the car and just before sleep when the lights are off. Your child will probably open up more if he does not have to make eye contact with you.
- Support his interests. Maybe your child is still into his rock collection while his peers are into music and girls. Ask him questions about the collection. Let him know you value the things he values. If he has a friend with similar interests, encourage him to invite his friend over to your home.
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