My precious (6yr) DD seems to have increasing difficulty handling stress and dealing with her emotions. DD is regularly hitting, pinching, kicking, slapping and talking back (every other day or more). She needs alot of touch and is very anxious at home and at school (her school uniform sleeves are chewed up at the ends).
I've tried to create routine, structure, provide a healthy diet, a clean home, a safe place to express emotions and good examples of ways that she can do that without hurting others. I know that I am not the perfect parent, and try to read more on how I can hone these skills as well as talking to other moms I respect that know our family dynamics.
DD was in a very traditional and overly-structured school her first year (K1 here--at 3.5yrs). After that year we looked for a school that would butter fit with our AP values and give more movement and freedom to her day as well has providing quality instruction focused on truly educating and not entertaining. She has been in this school for (2) years and will be starting 1st grade there this fall.
DD's school is private and we like the family-environment that it gives. I just wonder with more responsibility and homework if there will be more punishment/reward that seems to so disempower my little girl. :( I know that one rule is that if they don't finish their work for class they can't go out on recess.
I have questioned whether the educational environment is really right for her, should I try to homeschool her for a year and see if that makes a difference? There really aren't any other options education-wise in our area. I've also thought alot if there is something I could change in our routine that would really help her through this?
It just seems crazy that a six-year-old would have anxiety to deal with--what about a carefree childhood?!
If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading. :)
Edited by sraplayas - 6/8/11 at 11:43am