Solutions For Parents

 

Being Part of the Clan

Share This Article: On Twitter On Facebook Print

 

 

With permission from  Vicki Lansky author of, “Practical Parenting Tips”

Even when family members live nearby, children sometimes get confused about the relationships. Your efforts to give your child a sense of being a part of a clan will help give him or her a feeling of importance and a clearer self-image.

Understanding Relationships

Who’s who? Many families make it a point to discuss family relationships often
“Grandma is my mommy; Uncle Roger is Daddy’s brother.” And it’s both instructive and fun to reminisce about family history and to talk about events currently going on.

  • Put together a family of dolls or paper dolls to help your child understand relationships.
  • Draw a family tree on shelf paper or paint one on a wall in your child’s room and paste on photos of relatives.
  • Devise different names for children to call two sets of grandparents in order to help distinguish them – Grandma and Grandpa for one set, for example, and Grammie and Grampie for the other. Or add surnames. Some parents have the grandparents choose their own names.
  • Use pictures to help acquaint children with relatives. Put together an album and look at it together often; give children photo cubes of their own. Or post pictures on the refrigerator or bulletin board.
Ask Dr. Susan