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How to Support Your Children When they’re Having Fights with Their Friends

Children remain in the protection of their families until they come of age and have to head to kindergarten. This is the real test of time for children as they have to face the world alone. They have to make friends and find the circles where they belong. During such times, you may encounter your child having trouble making friends or getting into fights at their Day Care Centre Capalaba.

Reasons for Children Getting into Fights

There can be a plethora of reasons why your child may or may not be so good at making friends.

  • Ease of Making Friends: Some children find it very easy and normal to make new friends; almost second nature. This could be because they are extroverts, they have had to make friends in the past or they have gained early childhood education in a kindergarten in Australia.
  • Difficulty Making Friends: Some children find it very strange and difficult to make new friends and create a group of play mates. This could be because they haven’t had to make friends before, they might suffer with social anxiety or they might be too shy. However, it isn’t uncommon for children to struggle when making friends.

How to Support Your Children?

Whatever the reason, it is crucial to support your children but not to condone fighting. Here are the four ways to support your children:

1. Childhood Education:

Early Childhood Education Capalaba is one of many centres that will cater to your child’s social skills. It will eradicate any obstructing dispositions and foster behaviour of communicating effectively.

2. Day Care:

Working mothers usually send their children to a day care centre to help them balance work and their children. Such day care centres can also take care of sociable needs of the kids. Even if you’re not a working mother, if you have concerns that your child might be socially anxious or a little too dependent on you, just one day a week at a day care might help them to make friends and prepare themselves for Kindergarten.

3. Kindergarten:

Before starting school, a lot of parents admit their children into Kindergartens as they realise the importance of kindergarten. The kindergarten Karana is one such amazing Australian Kindergarten which will take care of your child’s every need and will help her become amicable.

4. Counselling:

If after all these initiatives, you still don’t see a difference, then maybe it is time you take your child to a counsellor. The stigma surrounding counsellors and counselling sessions have long gone and parents know the importance of seeking help when necessary. A few sessions will suffice for even the most quarrelsome child.

Wrapping-Up:

You can’t choose how your child will react socially, however these necessary skills well help your child become a part of every strange environment he/she steps into. So, look for all the options that may work for your child. Invest in a few programs such as the Day Care Springfield.

Transitions

Reflection by Trisha Dean (Director, Karana)

 

January is such an unknown entity in the world of an Early Childhood Service.  There is always so much going on – new children starting, children returning from holidays, children transitioning rooms, children coping without an older sibling who is heading off for the world of schooling for the first time.  It’s often like a lottery – you never know what is going to happen from one day to the next.

 

 

I’ve stopped to pause and reflect on this dynamic so far this year.  There have been a few tears from some of our younger cohort, as they readjust after extended period of absence over the Christmas break.  Mostly short lived, and mostly just on separation from parents they have had extra time with over the break.  It’s really hard to let go of mum or dad again when you’ve had them at hand.  Because, let’s face it – while we have beautiful and trusting relationships with children – there is never a replacement for a parent.  Once the parent leaves, and they’ve had some extra special attachment time, things pretty quickly spring back to a carefree existence.

 

One of the things I’ve always noted over my time in working with children, is the adjustment to a new room.  And this is what my reflection this year mostly revolves around.  Our 3.5 plus year olds moving into our Kindergarten program without exception, have re-entered the arena with buzz and excitement about now being a “Possum Kid”.  They wear this new found status around the centre with chests puffed.  All of a sudden – they are filled with a sense of pride of being the big fish.  Not to mention, the call of Mayfield excursions is bubbling to the surface.  So there is pretty much no issue with this lot moving from the Platypus room.  They understand, they’ve had the conversations, they’ve been spending lots of their time preparing for this moment, they already have relationships with the adults, and they are super ready!

 

 

Then there are the children transitioning from the Kookaburra room to the Platypus room.  The children ranging from 2.5 – 3 years.  While conversations happen, it is hard to prepare children of this age for change.  They really don’t grasp the concept until it is actually happening.  And what I note this year, is our ability to ease this through without a hiccup.  I believe that our ultimate multi-age environment is the biggest factor here.  The fact that there is no corner of our entire centre that is not known and familiar to the children.  While they have their “home room”, ultimately they are free to be wherever the wind takes them.  So really, a room change is just a new place to put your stuff.

 

 

The one big change, is the primary relationships with adults.  And the most wonderful thing about being at Karana, is that a child is never separated from an adult that they form a primary relationship with.  They are always free to be with the adult they most strongly relate to.  Even if that person is not one of their room staff.  There are no off limits.  So changing rooms does not look like being separated from someone you really need when your cards are down.

 

It all sounds so simple……. And it actually is.  So why does this transition period look so different in many other settings?  Why does it have to mean losing the person you trust most?  My reflection makes me sit and softly smile, as I consider the empowerment of the child in our space.  Because at the end of the day, their wellbeing is all that really matters.  And I think we are at that point, where it would be hard to do this thing any better!

Getting through the first month with Eskay child care Karana

Our Eskay Kids child care Karana centre is home to children from pages fifteen months to five years. Often, our centre will be children’s first home-away-from-home, and the lead up, as well as the inevitable first day, can be an emotional time for both families and children.  The first month is an opportunity to set a routine that makes drop-offs easier as time goes on.

Eskay’s child care Karana centre won the Early Education and Care Service Award for best service in QLD in 2017.  The team were overjoyed to receive this award and for being recognised for the amazing work they do everyday with children.  After calling the centre, book a time to walk through to get a good feel for what we do.  It will give both you and your child a chance to explore our space, meet our Director and educators and see what happens each day.  There are multiple spaces to play, to read, to run, jump, skip, and even jump in puddles.   

Before the first day arrives, make sure that you have everything ready. Essentials include a hat, water bottle, change of clothes, and lunchbox. During drop-off time, if your child is anxious try to make some time to stay and have a little play, find a teacher to chat to and say goodbye. Sneaking away is not recommended and makes drop off the next day much harder.  

Another way to ‘survive’ the first month, or the first day, is to make friends with other parents and listen to their experiences. Children aren’t the only ones who form friendships in child care. The Karana Downs’ community is always welcoming to newcomers, and many of our families have formed close bonds outside the centre.

Over the next few weeks, make sure that you set a routine with your child so going to kindy gets easier. Talk about what they’ll do during the day while you’re in the car, arrive early so you’re not rushing, and arrange time outside child care to have playdates with other children. For parents having some separation blues or who just want an update, Eskay’s child care Karana staff are happy to talk over the phone at any time of the day.

If you want more tips about surviving your child’s first month in child care, the parent’s guide is available here. There’s advice, how our centres are different from other kindys, and links to educational articles about the benefits of play-based learning.

Slowing down our day with tea parties

Taking the time to slow down with children is of pretty high importance in my eyes…. time that allows for us to connect with each other on a deeper level. It is often something we can lose sight of in the rush of our day. Having a tea party allows for this time and can offer an insight into children’s thoughts and feelings. Discussions allow us to get to know children on a more intimate level. For me, this is far more important than setting up activity after activity, which can distract children from learning to regulate their emotions.

When I arrive I often walk in to musings from the children….. “Can we have a tea party?”, “Is it too wet for us to have a fire?”, “Did you bring marshmallows or food for the fire?”. This gives me an insight into how our day will unfold, and what I will be helping them prepare.

Children will often discuss amongst themselves the type of fruit or herbal tea they want.  They are gaining familiarity with the different types, and most of the time the tea has been selected before I even arrive. As well as picking the tea they are able to choose from our selection of tea cups and pots. Most of our tea sets have been donated by families of the centre. The different tea sets are known by the different families who have brought them in. All beautiful and unique and very special to us. Once we have got everything together, we move to gather as a community around our yarning circle. As soon as the tea sets come out the children follow. I feel a bit like the pied piper walking with our tea filled tea pots, and the children in tow.

It is not necessarily part of our everyday play, however most days we have been having bigger and bigger tea parties. Winter has also been a great opportunity to use our fire knowledge and sometimes boil the water over the fire….  again bringing children and adults together, yarning about their morning and plans for the remainder of the day.  Once we have gathered together and had our cup of tea and a bit of chit-chat, the children generally take off and resume play.  I find this experience can also be a wonderful opportunity for children who may struggle to enter group situations.  

Our tea parties have really helped to create an overall sense of calm throughout the centre and bring us together. I think they have also made a real difference to my own “at peace” feeling.

Holly Wells

Karana