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How to help a child who
struggles to make friends
Realizing that your child is never invited to classmates’
birthday parties and seems to spend their days alone at
school can be upsetting. Here’s what you can do to help.
unDerstanD the cause
Try to understand why your child is isolated. Perhaps
they’re aggressive, shy or arrogant. Or maybe they’re
being bullied. If you can’t find an explanation, talk with
their teachers to get more insight into the matter.
Ask your child about how they perceive their social
situation and what they feel about it. They might be sad,
angry or confused. However, some kids enjoy solitude.
If your child doesn’t appear bothered by the situation,
don’t force them to make friends. But if they’re lonely or
feel excluded, try to help them come up with solutions.
proviDe assistance anD support
Sometimes kids need help bonding with other children.
If this is the case with your child, bring them to the park
or organize family outings that include kids in the same
age group.
Additionally, participating in extracurricular activities
might allow your child to build confidence and meet
others who share their interests.
Above all, the most important thing to do is to
communicate with them. Listen to what they have to
say about their attempts to make friends. When they’re
ready, allow them to forge bonds with others on their
own terms.

Fostering creativity in kids
Creativity is an essential life skill as it allows for
the ability to adapt to new situations and solve
complex problems. Here are some ways you can
help foster it.
Designate time anD space for creating
Provide kids with free time and a space at home
where they can influence their environment.
The key is to let them control the materials
around them without parental interference. This
can be as simple as setting up a corner with
assorted art materials, a set of building blocks or
a box of old clothes for dressing up.
incluDe them in problem solving
Creative thinking involves the capacity to
recognize that most problems have multiple
solutions. From an early age, children should be
encouraged to come up with ways to resolve the
complications experienced in their lives.
For example, allow them to brainstorm ways they can
keep their room clean or deal with a sibling who
doesn’t want to share. They may still need your help to
uncover the best answer to the problem, but their
capacity to innovate may surprise you.
encourage them to explore their interests
Another key aspect of creativity involves following up
on what stimulates delight or piques curiosity. Even

• Talk to them. Gifted children tend to get
bored in class because they feel that
the standard learning pace is
sluggish. This irritates many of
them, and they’re likely to let you
know if you ask them about it.

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When you notice your children demonstrating
fascination with something, encourage them to delve
deeper by giving them more information or providing
additional resources.
Above all, parents who want to foster creativity in
their kids should strive to step back and let their kids
experience the world around them on their own
terms. Unstructured play is key. Experimenting is
essential and letting them try and fail will provide
invaluable lessons.

Is school too easy for my child?
If your child is getting excellent grades and quickly
mastering new concepts, you may have a little genius
on your hands. If you think school is too easy for them,
here’s what you can do.

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the smallest spark of interest can ignite into a lifelong
passion under the right circumstances.

• Talk to their teachers.
They’ll notice both your
and any signs of boredom
they may be exhibiting.
Teachers may also be able to
assignments to keep your child

• Talk to a professional. A psychologist or
neuropsychologist can help determine just how gifted
your child is, notably by measuring their intelligence
quotient (IQ). They can also help you come up with a
plan of action regarding your child’s education.
Gifted children who aren’t challenged can
uninterested. That’s why acting early
and coming up with a schooling
strategy that works for them is key.
Keep in mind that not all gifted
children are high achievers.
Psychologists suspect that many
aren’t identified because they go
directly to the uninterested
phase and sometimes get
misdiagnosed as having attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder


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