How To Survive The Playground


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A Handbook for Parents of Primary School Children

By Sue Jones

ISBN: 978-1-78382-153-2
Published: 2014
Pages: 144
Key Themes: Mental Health, Parenting, Sociology, Handbook, Children


Thinking of the playground at Primary school conjures up memories of fun and games and friendships. We may also remember uncertainties and anxieties and maybe even enemies.

What rich experiences our children will have……… and so will we as adults!
Parents often wait in the playground before and after school to drop off and collect their children. This special time can be a time to look forward to, or it can be a time to dread, or often somewhere in between. For it is not just the children that have fun and games in the playground!

This book will tell you what your child (and you!) will experience in the exciting yet sometimes tension filled arena of the playground.

About the Author

Sue Jones was born in Surrey in 1957. She studied Psychology and Zoology at Reading University, graduating in 1979. She worked for many years at The Wellcome Foundation in Beckenham, Kent, before getting married and changing career direction. She is now an accredited counsellor who has been counselling for 20 years. She worked for Croydon Alcohol Counselling Service until its closure in 2010 and now works with Family Matters, a counselling organisation based in Gravesend, which helps survivors of sexual abuse and rape. As a teenager she experienced a significant trauma which has affected her life in many ways and has influenced her present choice of career. She now lives with her husband and two children in West Wickham, Kent, and it was here she experienced both the joys and the anxieties of the school run. From this experience her book entitled ‘How to survive the Playground’ was born.

Book Extract


I have given a simple example of where negotiation would be helpful in the previous section on dealing with difficult situations and emotions. Often negotiation comes from trying to change a situation that does not meet our need. In the previous example, where a child may feel anger, irritation and frustration towards a friend, instead of hitting out (or walking away and saying nothing) the child may try to negotiate so that the other person may see their point of view. This may help to change the situation.

Negotiation skills are also needed when children have strong minds about what they want to do!


Cooperating together means give and take. Cooperating is learning that sometimes doing things for the good of the group or for the good of your relationship makes for a more harmonious group or relationship. Some children (and adults) are naturally more cooperative than others.


Empathy can be described as being able to stand in someone else’s shoes and understand how they are feeling. Some people have high levels of empathy whereas others have less. It is believed that this ability to be empathic may be genetically predetermined and children on the Autistic Spectrum will find the skills of empathy and mentalization difficult. Mentalization is the ability to determine what people are thinking by understanding their mental state from their behaviour.


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