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Re: My 7 year old son

Sports. Find one for him. My son was similar to yours. Very bright. Shy. An easy target for bullies. Boys seem to compare themselves by sports ability. If he'll play T-ball, start there. Soccar is ok too.

Some kids need to be taught social skills. He may be very bright in some areas but not all. Lots of books out there- many are good- in our area the school calls it "skill streaming". Specific lessons on how to learn social behaviors- taught with role playing.

Find an interest of his. Expand on it- trips, events, etc. Find a classmate who likes the same thing. Invite that child over.

My son was very interested in Teddy Roosevelt. In third grade he found a boy who liked him too. We went to the rough riders event, Roosevelts home, etc. That one common interest was the foundation for a long friendship. The shared experiences increased their bond. One friend tends to lead to another. Eight years later, they may drift away for a while but when things are tough they get back together.