Scenario: You Daughter Accidentally Knocks Down a Child
Summer Scenario Your daughter accidentally bumps into another child, knocking her down. The child begins to cry, and to avoid getting in trouble your daughter says, "It's not my fault! I didn't do anything!"
Buddy Builder When you're in a situation like this, it's important to first emphasize kindness. Although kids this age are still self-centered, they're also very concerned about others' feelings. "Five- and 6-year-olds want to be good," says Dr. Kennedy-Moore. "So, when they make a mistake, try to give them a way to make amends." Encourage your daughter to help the child who got hurt by picking up dropped items or getting a damp paper towel for her scraped knee. She also suggests gently encouraging an apology by saying to your child, "I know you didn't mean to bump her, but I think Sarah will feel better if you say you're sorry." Reassure both girls, "Accidents happen," then help them move on.