Peer Relationships Issues

Itz - posted on 07/02/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my 5 year old has problems with Peer Relationships. He is a cheerful child, likes to make friends, is liked by his teachers and is very well socially accepted. However, everywhere he goes to like school or activity classes he gets hooked to one friend and gets very possessive about that one friend. For e.g in his dance classes he always wants to be with a friend Arjun and if Arjun does not stand along side him he gets upset.
Another example is in his school bus if his friend Riyan does not sit with him he starts crying or looking for ways to woo Riyan to sit with him like offering chocolates.
I feel this is not a healthy way of having/building relationships. Please advice

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Itz - posted on 07/03/2014

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Thanks @Carolina for your response.
He does make multiple friends but gets too close or possessive about one. That's not a healthy relationship and that what bothers me.

Carolina - posted on 07/02/2014

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Hi, my son is five also and has the same problem. He is one of the youngest in his class (K) and I am not sure if that has anything to do. I talked to my pediatric about it and she told that if he was able to make one close friend and keep that good relationship that means that he is doing great. I worried the same as you, I want him to have many friends not just focusing on one. I invited different friends from his class for playdates and planed things outdoors. I think that helped him a lot. Also, I enrolled him in a summer camp outside from his school so he can make new friends but once a week I plan a playdate with a friend from his class, including his best friend. I even thought about having repeat kindergarten because I thought this might be because of his young age, but he is doing very well and all teachers told me that he is 100 percent ready to move on. It is hard as a mom to see that, but I have to accept that he might be the type of kid that prefers a few over the whole class and that is ok as long as he is happy .

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