The Factors that Make Kids Popular
How important is being popular? We've got the surprising truth.
What You Need To Know
Popular kids (those who are liked and have friends) actually do better in school, are more sociable, and show lower rates of behavioral problems like aggression or withdrawal. Those kids who are left out or rejected, on the other hand, show just the opposite. The factors that decide a kid's social status or popularity vary widely from girls to boys:
- family background
- socioeconomic status
- social dominance
- athletic ability
How You Can Help
Role play with puppets! (Who doesn't love a puppet?) Ask your child about their school day, and act it out. If they had a quarrel with a friend at school, maybe the sock monkey can suggest a different way to handle it next time.
How about a puppet-making playdate? Gather together clean tube socks, buttons and googly eyes. Let your child and their friends make their own creations and collaborate in putting on a puppet show together.
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