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My daughter is six and is in the first grade.She is very smart,and way to pretty.She comes home from school everyday and says she has no friends.She is very vivid in the details as she tells me or anyone else who will listen that nobody likes her.She even gives away her snacks at lunchtime so people will like her.It cant be normal for my 6 year old to worry about being popular,but she is so how can I help her make friends?
What do you think is going on? First grade girls who are pretty usually have a LOT of friends - that dynamic of avoiding pretty women friends doesn't happen until much, much later. Girls gravitate to other girls who are pretty unless there is some other social dynamic.
What have you observed that would keep other girls from liking her? If you really haven't observed anything, ask her teacher. From your description, she's not just worried about being popular - she's worried that NO ONE likes her.
Has she been invited to any birthday parties or other gatherings this year?
It's intriguing that she talks about it all the time, that no one likes her. Usually girls who have reached this age are embarrassed if no one likes them, they don't tell everyone about it all the time.
My guess is, if you don't know what behaviors to help her with, her teacher will know.
Perhaps you can invite one or two of the girls in her class over your house to help decorate cookies, or some other fun project. This will help her to make friends in a place where she is most comfortable, also this will allow you to be able to observe how she interacts with other children her age.
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