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How to Help a Child Adjust to Kindergarten: Sylvia Rimm on Raising Kids

SYLVIA RIMM ON RAISING KIDS
Q. I have a 5-year-old granddaughter who will attend kindergarten in the fall. She's currently enrolled in daycare two days per week, and I'm in charge of her care the other three days. She's very talkative with me, eager to read books together, play games and have fun, but I'm concerned about her "slow-to-warm" issues around other children.

By Sylvia Rimm

Q. I have a 5-year-old granddaughter who will attend kindergarten in the fall. She's currently enrolled in daycare two days per week, and I'm in charge of her care the other three days. She's very talkative with me, eager to read books together, play games and have fun, but I'm concerned about her "slow-to-warm" issues around other children. I attended her daycare recently, and she wanted to cling to me and hardly talked to other children. I asked the teacher if she was "always like this," and the teacher said yes, that she spends time alone and doesn't interact much with other children. She's the youngest of three children. What can be done to help her become a happy kindergartener in the fall? What can I do, as a grandparent who's with her three days a week? I'm very concerned.

A.You can help your granddaughter socialize if you invite friends from daycare for playdates a few times. Once they begin playing together at your home, she'll look forward to seeing them in school. If you do that, one at a time, with several children, she'll soon make friends. You'll want to invite children who she'll be seeing in kindergarten so she has already made friends in her new setting.

Dr. Sylvia B. Rimm is the director of the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the author of many books on parenting. More information on raising kids is available at www.sylviarimm.com.
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