Having a true friend is a wonderful thing. We can help our child make good friends by teaching them to be a good friend. We can also teach them to be a friend to the needy or friendless child. One such child is a shut- in whom because of illness or a severe handicap is confined to his home or even the hospital for a time. Fostering a caring attitude in your child helps to make him a caring person.
There are many ways your child can show friendship to such a child but I believe the most important way is to spend time with him. Help your child think of an activity he enjoys that would be appropriate with a shut- in. It could be playing a board game, sharing a fun book, or watching one of his favorite DVDs.
Call the shut-in child’s parents or caregiver a day or so ahead to arrange for a suitable time. You might want to join your child in the first visit so he is more comfortable and you can help him be aware of safety issues. You might want to bring a snack. Again, be sure to inquire if the snack is acceptable in case the shut- in child has allergies. Check on the shut-in child’s limitations so the activity you bring is appropriate.
Your could bring photographs of his activities and friends. Help him take pictures of these before hand and have them printed. When you call the other child’s parents ask them to have some pictures available that their child has chosen. The children can then make each others pictures into a collage and keep them to remind them of their new friend. Whatever activity you child chooses, make it fun and remember to leave before the shut-in child overtires.
Make a friendship collage
You will need:
- Poster board
- Choose the photographs you want to use for the collage.
- Cut the poster board to the size you want it to be for the base.
- Cut your photographs into different shapes .You may want to crop it so there is no background.
- Cut out letters or words from magazines, fitting them together to make phrases to describe the picture.
- Apply glue to the back of the picture and phrases and firmly press them down on the base. Continue to do this with each item. Try overlapping some pieces. You can glue small objects [like foam craft items you can buy] over or between the pictures.
- When you are finished, let the collage dry
Hang your child’s collage in the playroom so he is reminded of his new friend. Discuss friendship with your child. Help him think of ways friends help each other. Together with your child plan another activity and time to continue this new friendship.
Ruth Willms is author of the Christian children's novel The Lion Tree and is co-owner of WAHM-Articles.com. Submit your best WAHM articles at www.WAHM-Articles.com and find high quality reprint WAHM articles for your publications.
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