Encouraging Friendships

February 15, 2018
Encouraging Friendships

Friendships are one of the most important and valuable parts of childhood

Here are a few ways to help support your child’s friendships…

1. Model that you care.

  • Let your child know that you feel friendships are important and worth the effort.
  • Get to know your child’s friends – remaining involved in your child’s social life is important regardless of their age.


2. Give them opportunities to make new friends.

  • Help your child to make friends by inviting classmates over, setting up playgroups, or signing them up for extracurricular activities. Children need practice at friendships!
  • Have your child play with others who are of different ages and backgrounds.


3. Practice with them.

  • Try role playing friendship situations. For example, “what would you do if you wanted to introduce yourself to a new child in your class?”


4. Understand your child’s social style.

  • Note that some children enjoy having a lot of friends, while others prefer a few close friends; some make friends quickly, others warm up to friends slowly.


Here are some book suggestions (for grownups) that deal with encouraging friendships in children:

  • Good Friends are Hard To Find by Fred Frankel
  • Cap it Off With a Smile: A Guide for Making and Keeping Friends by Robin Inwald
  • Nobody Likes Me: Helping Your Child Make Friends by Elaine McEwan


For information on how to help children deal with getting in a fight with a friend,

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