PLAY GROUPS FOR KIDS WITH ADAD

SHELLY - posted on 02/05/2018 ( 3 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS 51/2 AND HAS NO FRIENDS IN SCHOOL HE IS NEVER INVITED TO ANY PLAY DATES OR PARTIES HE GETS SO SAD IT HURTS ME WE DON'T HAVE ANY KIDS HIS AGE IN MY FAMILY FOR HIM TO PLAY WITH

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Christine - posted on 02/07/2018

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I understand your hurt momma's heart! Have you considered joining a sport, swim class, club, church kids program, mom's group for kid play dates? I have found sometimes it's necessary to intercede and create the situations. If there are neighbor kids perhaps invite the over for play and treats? What about a party of fun event you coordinate and ask class mates to join? We have had to do multiple things to keep our kids socially connected. Sometimes, one thing doesn't work but maybe the 3rd thing you try? 5 1/2 is really young for the child to be able to maneuver through social arrangements. It's kind of up to us, as parents, at the age to create that opportunity. You may also have an introvert that proceeds with caution and happy to do a lot of alone time? Hang in there momma! Your attention to the details and love for your little guy will reap wonderful opportunities for him. You are a good momma!

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Leslie - posted on 02/09/2018

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It's so hard as a momma to see our kiddos sad. I agree with both pp's -- try to get involved in some groups and activities so that friends begin to naturally occur. Things like Cub Scouts, game groups (like chess, etc. if he's into things like that), etc. Also look into classes for things he likes - is he into science or art? Check out your local kids museum or ymca/jcc for things like that. If he seems to get along with a particular kid in his school or anywhere else then be the one who invites that child for a play date to foster and encourage the relationship. If you haven't already talked to his teacher(s) talk to them and see what their perspective is on it and how he's acting in school with the other kids in the class. If the teacher is aware he or she may be able to help encourage too.

Leann - posted on 02/08/2018

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Oh, my heart aches for you and your son. I don't understand how he knows that he is not invites. Those invites at our school are to be for everyone or no one. I am so sorry. I can't imagine that at 5 y/o he has no friend at school. Most kids at that age are friends to all.
I'm sure that you have talked to the teacher and principal at the school. Are there any other places that you attend that has children about his age? The local YW or YM, church, or library to connect with children.
Again, I am sorry and I hold you and your family in my heart.

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