groups of kids of mixed ages playing football in the park

Some children can get worried about being around older kids. They seem to unnerve them and they worry that the older children might be unkind to them.

This is very different from when they are with other younger children. They feel more comfortable with younger children as they often look up to them and want to play with them.

This summer your children may be going to holiday camps or clubs, and there may not be other children their own age. This means they will have to get along and interact with children older than them. If this is the case encourage them to approach the older children just as they would if they were their own age.

How to Break the Ice with Older Kids

Introduce themselves, smile, and ask questions. Just because someone is older doesn’t mean they can’t be shy or they won’t want to talk to younger kids.

See the older children as people they can still play and learn from. Some older kids enjoy playing with younger ones. Just because they are older, it does not mean that they won’t have anything in common with them too. Someone two years older may be interested in the same things as them and may be able to help them become better with that specific activity.

Older children aren’t unkind and, once they start engaging, they will realise this. In fact, many older children like to ‘look after’ younger children and take them under their wing. So don’t be afraid to sign your kids up for mixed-age activities this Summer.

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