Tips to get 7YOs to play inclusively

Geri - posted on 06/05/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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We're going on vacation with a few other families soon. My 7YO boy plays very well with our friend's 7YO girl when it's just them, but I've just learned that another family will be joining us, and their 7YO boy is a good friend of my sons. I'm pre-emptively worrying that the girl will be ignored by the boys. Do you have any tips to share that don't involve me refereeing their play?

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Geri - posted on 06/06/2013

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Thanks Michelle. We've had a chat and it's generally not an issue, but we've never had a 5-night playdate before! Wish us luck!

Michelle - posted on 06/06/2013

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Have a chat to your son before you go and let him know who will be there and that he should also include her. As a parent we really can't control how the kids play though. He's 7 so will have his own opinions and ways of playing with the other children and it's best not to force anything as you could make the whole situation worse.

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