Scenario: Your Daughter Forces Herself on a Team
Summer Scenario Your daughter spots a group of kids playing a team sport at the park. She runs over and grabs the ball.
Buddy Builder Talk about a smart strategy for participating. "The key is to slide into the action without interrupting," says Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., a child psychologist in Princeton, New Jersey. "Your daughter should watch the game for a bit to figure out how she could join in." Give her ideas such as running after a stray ball or kicking a ball that comes her way. Another option: Counting the number of players on each team to see if one needs an extra member to make it even.