Are you worried about your child starting school this year? Have they had some social difficulties in the past few years? Has the pandemic had an impact on their social development? Many parents have felt the impacts of the pandemic on their younger children’s wellbeing and social development. Kids entering juniour kindergarten this year, have lived more of their life during the covid pandemic years than not. They have also needed to make sense of a changing social world, including what physical distance is okay with another adult or child, when to wear a mask and not, underlying fears of others to be around any common cold, missing some key exposure to facial expressions, and reduction in opportunities for social interaction. The opportunity for social interaction has ranged between children depending on level of comfort of families, accessibility of childcare, a parent’s job and restrictions within that job, and accessibility of opportunities of child programming such as afterschool programs and camps. Below are a few considerations to support your child in the transition to starting school and being socially successful:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.