This is exciting for them, but it’s also a challenge.
Playing the “What If” game can help your child. Here’s how it works:
- Write down a list of difficult situations your child could face. For example, a stranger approaches him and asks for help.
- Write each situation in the form of a question: “What if someone you didn’t know asked you to help find their lost dog?”
- Have your child answer each question. If you’re not happy with his response, don’t criticize. Instead, discuss your own opinion or say something like, “Can you think of something else you might do?”
Here are some sample questions:
- What if you were home alone and someone called and said, “Are your parents home?”
- What if a classmate asked to copy your homework?
- What if the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night?
- What if a friend invited you over when his parents weren’t home?
- What if a friend asked you to drink a beer?
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