Kid-to Kid is all about kids helping each other. Each month, a school-related problem will appear in this space. Youngsters just like you can respond by sending in possible solutions. What’s fun is getting together or calling someone you know to discuss the solutions you read here. You may find that you also come up with other ideas on how to solve the problem. Enjoy!
Note to Parents and Grandparents: Did you know that many teenagers spend a good deal of time venting about their problems without finding solutions?
Perhaps it’s because they don’t practice enough problem-solving at a younger age. This column is designed to give youngsters practice with making decisions. I invite you to share it with young people you know. Enjoy supporting someone you care about in this meaningful activity. It’s time well invested and only takes a few minutes.
Now, here’s this month’s situation:
During the math test yesterday, my friend copied off my paper. I didn’t say anything because I don’t want to lose this friend. What can I do so this won’t happen again?
Amy, age 12
Here are some suggestions for her to try submitted by readers:
Schedule a study party to help her study. Or, make up a sheet of math problems for her to complete and give back to you. Also, you could talk it over with her to see why she copied.
Keagan, Age 11
You should tell your friend that when she copies you, she’s hurting your feelings. You worked hard for the grade and she needs to do the same.
Savanna, Age 10
Well, Amy, maybe next time you have a test, you can block your friend from seeing your paper. If that doesn’t work, you could ask the teacher if you could change seats. Then she will still be your friend and she won’t copy since she’s not sitting by you.
Tia, Age 9
I think you should talk to your teacher about putting up desk folders BEFORE the test.
Colby, Age 8
Just ignore this. Lighten up. Forget what just happened.
Sara, Age 9
TALKING IT OVER
A big thank you goes to all who submitted solutions. Readers, did you find a solution that fit best for you? Do you have time to talk to someone about these suggestions–maybe a parent, grandparent, friend, or older brother or sister? Maybe you’ll think of other solutions. Amy will surely appreciate having several ideas to try. As you probably know, first attempts to fix a problem don’t always work. It’s nice to have extra solutions as a back-up.
Now, let’s look at the upcoming concern. Be sure to check this space next month (August 26) for replies to Claudia’s situation. Mark your calendar.
I had an argument with a friend last week. Neither of us apologized and now I’m feeling awful. I miss seeing my friend. What can I do?
Claudia, Age 11
SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTION
If you’d like to suggest an idea for Claudia to try, email c/o The Suburban Times at email@example.com. Or, if you have a problem you’d like others to help solve, go to this same email address. Kids helping kids–it’s a super idea! See you next month.
Copyright 2007 Doris Hudson
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To read past columns:
– Being made fun of, or not performing well
– Having a friend cheat off your test
– Arguing with a friend
– Name calling