How to prevent problems.
When a child begins schooling problems are certain to arise even in the best schools. Stopping problems from happening isn’t possible, but there are ways to make the problems lessen or go away.
Gain your child’s trust
One of the best ways to prevent problems is to know your child and have a child that trusts you as a parent. Although it is believed by many that a child automatically trusts his or her parents, this is not always true. Some children won’t tell parents of problems they are having because they are afraid of what their parents might do. This is why it is always a good idea to let your child feel like he or she can talk with you about anything. All too often a child tries to talk to the parent about something and the parent ends up screaming or yelling at him or her if the child is talking about something they died bad. While being an authority is needed sometimes, this is more the time for reasoning, praise to the child for being a man and telling what happened instead of hiding it, and explaining why what he or she did was wrong. If you yell at the child after saying they can talk to you about anything they are no longer going to feel they can talk to you about anything.
Know your child’s friends and enemies
This sometimes takes a bit of creativity. Sometimes the child won’t come straight out and tell about enemies he or she has, but will talk about friends constantly. For my child it was as simple as asking him to write a story about school. In the story he had written of a bully and had actually used the kid’s real name. Sometimes it won’t be this easy, but asking them to write a story or draw pictures of their class will help. Usually if a child draws a classmate to look big and tough it is the child’s way of telling that classmate is a bully. On the other hand, try to encourage your child to have good friends. This isn’t always possible and most times kids do fall into crowds with bad habits. Although there’s not much you can do as a parent to stop your child from hanging with a bad crew, encouragement toward good friends does help.
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