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If children are starting daycare at an older age, what's the best way to help them get used to a new social environment and make friends?

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If children are starting daycare at an older age, what's the best way to help them get used to a new social environment and make friends?

If you are looking to get your child started in a daycare setting and you want them to be prepared to socialize with other children, there are a few things you might want to do to get them prepared. When they're interacting with other kids in the family or when you have play-dates, you want to make sure to praise them and promote their use of sharing and keeping their hands and feet to themselves, using nice words and using nice talk. If you are the only one at home with them during the day you want to make sure to promote those behaviors and praise them when they engage in those behaviors while you spend time playing with your child. On the other end of the spectrum, when they engage in those misbehaviors such as aggression, temper-tantrums or not sharing you want to make sure to follow through consistently with a consequence for those behaviors.

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