She often complains of being lonely or not having many friends - but the truth is she does socialise with children at least 5 times a week. She has Sparks, swimming, public skating, and free time where there are lots of six yr old around while her siblings are in a Hsing class. On occasions we have kids over, or visit others. She also goes to a babysitters once a week - and yup, there are kids there. I would not say she has a large amount of friends - but she does have some and I have given her every opportunity I can. I wish a bunch of pleasant 7 year old girls would move into the neighbourhood, but that is not likely to happen.
Would you send a child to school if you could not meet their social needs?
There is a part of me that thinks being near other kids all day would work for her (although it might not - she went to K and did not make any great friendships) - and there is a part of me that thinks "no" - school is not worth it. I do not want to change our life style over this, I do not want to deal with schools, and there is a lot about schools I do not agree with (philosophically). Moreover, I really do think her expectations are a little out of whack - and that she needs to learn to find happiness from within - and not from constantly wanting to hang out with others.
Anyone else have a child at home who wants to hang out with others all the time - how do you deal with it??
Could you try to schedule a weekly sleepover with whoever her best friend is?
Couldn't read and not reply. My kids have gone to traditional school, private school and alternative public (multi-age) school - but we've never homeschooled so I don't know that my opinion will be helpful. But are you open to sending her just this year to see how it goes? Are there any multi-age/parent co-op type programs within your public school district? Our district is small but has quite a few options.
I would really prefer to solve this within a Hsing context.
Our school board is rural and there are few options. One thing I know they are open to is part time enrollment - but there are a host of issues that come with it (btdt with an older child).
edited to add: I feel guilty. Am I trying to change her by asking her not to be so peer dependant? That's not good. But at the same time - I do not want her to want to socialise all the time - I really do feel it is better if people learn to make their own happiness. Sigh.
i think sometimes because of tv and movies kids have an unrealiztic expectation of school.
Honestly, she has not asked to go to school - she claims not to like school work (we are eclectic/Unschooly) and sees school as "work" so.....
It is me. I feel sad when she talks about being lonely and think about school as a possible solution - she has not mentionned it at all.
Mostly, though, I want to help her find ways to be happy with what she does have.
Yes, I do think she has unrealistic expectations. Her older brother has friends over a lot. And I mean a lot. Her older sister has friends over more than her (although not constantly - and some of my older DD's friends ). Both of their friends, however, are mobile. They get themselves to our house. When my older kids were her age they did not have oodles of friends either. These things take time - something I know but she (naturally) doesn't. She does watch a fair bit of TV - I Carly, Hannah Montanna, Zack and Cody....while I do not think they talk up school, they do show a lot of peer interactions - and maybe it is giving her some false expectations.
When my older kids were her age they did not have oodles of friends either. These things take time - something I know but she (naturally) doesn't.
Right now, I try to make sure that when she feels left behind, we have some good one-on-one time. Tricky, since usually the older sibs are off playing while I'm making dinner, but it's helping. She has asked about going to school, but I don't really think it would help. She goes to a Sunday school class each week; they are divided by age, like classes at school, and even with just the 3 or 4 other SK-aged girls in her class, there is major drama. Dd had a best friend for months, until dd had a birthday before the best friend did and was older. The best friend said she wouldn't be her best friend any more. They seem to have made up now, but there seems to be a lot of that going on, especially considering they're only together for two hours a week.
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My daughter is almost 6. At 2:30 pm yesterday she started whining about wanting someone to play with (other than her sibling ... tsk tsk). I was trying to get something done (and she'd been out of the house all day incl. seen one of her buddies in home school orchestra). I said she really could hang on for 2 hours until gymnastics team, where they chat it up in line for 3 hours.
I think you are already meeting your child's social needs, and are not obligated, nor is it related to any kind of adult reality, to give your child the experience of friends on demand.
I can't justify sending her to school so she can chat with kids and come home miserable everyday. She would have a good day according to her teacher but the bus ride home did her in. Plus, we wouldn't be able to go at her pace in reading, which is really one reason I chose to homeschool.
We get together with friends 3-4 days a week. I think that is a lot.
And no, you are not selfish. I trust my daughter to learn as she needs, to grow and develop as she needs but at some point I am her Mom and need to make some of the bigger choices for her. She gets input- just not the final decision.
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Hang in there and don't your DD off to ps to gain friendships. It is not the answer.
The incident that prompted this post was as follows: On Monday she had Brownies. She stayed 20 minutes late at brownies playing with another Brownie (the mom and I were chatting - and I did not want to leave as DD was having a lot of fun!). It turns out the other Brownie is open to playdates and lives nearby!
So...we get in the car and she complains she is lonely. She had just played with a child! And events like this are not uncommon - she plays with people a lot!
I do think she is insatiable - and I do think it is a combination of too much "friends culture" exposure from TV and her siblings friends.
She does not read books to herself yet (but she is very close ) and that may help.
I am also thinking that it is, perhaps, a spiritual issue - I want to help her learn that happiness comes from within.
In any event, she has not made one peep about lonliness since Monday. Sometimes when I am near a breaking point with an issue - "the issue" backs off. It is a great thing - as it gives me time to assess instead of being reactionary!
I have observed this same thing with the girl across the street who goes to school, so I don't think school is the solution....I think learning to be self-satisfied is the solution.
|Moreover, I really do think her expectations are a little out of whack - and that she needs to learn to find happiness from within - and not from constantly wanting to hang out with others.|
Is there a low-cost after-school program or a YMCA nearby that you could send her to? I would also agree that it might be a question of quality socializing, which might not be helped by school anyway unless it allowed her to meet neighborhood kids that she could visit with after school. Not a whole lot of quality socializing happens at school. I never made any real friends at school until my senior year of high school myself. Do you attend a church of any kind? That might help.
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