Social Security: Help Kindergarten Kids Make Friends

Scenario: Your Son Misbehaves at the Zoo

Summer Scenario You and a friend bring the kids to the zoo, but your son misbehaves. It's so frustrating that all of you take off early -- before the kids get to see the new bear exhibit. Grrrr.

Buddy Builder Explain to your kid that his behavior has consequences for other people. For example, point out that his pal had to miss the bear exhibit at the zoo, although he didn't do anything wrong. Let him know that kindergartners realize that being near troublemakers will make them more likely to get punished even if they didn't break the rules, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, M.D., a pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital, in Houston. And mention that sometimes teachers take away recess or other privileges for the whole class, when only a few students are acting up. Suggest that your child apologize to his friend and follow the rules at home and at school.

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