Sowing the Seeds of Friendship

 

“Learning how to make and keep friends is one of the most important challenges of childhood.”

 

Friendships help kids grow both emotionally and socially.  They learn to give and take, compromise and share, make decisions and solve problems.  They learn that not everyone sees things from the same point of view, and they learn to respect the viewpoint of others.  However, making friends may not come easily…

Ways Parents Can Help….

Let children try to solve problems on their own.

  • Try not to intervene in children’s conflicts too quickly. If you do intervene, be sure to pay equal attention to each of the children involved.
  • Be a mediator
  • Suggest possible solutions. Then, let the children decide on the solution that works best for them.

Even at the young age of 3-4 years, some children have problems being accepted by others.

  • Teach social skills – to be kind to others.
  • Be a good role model.
  • Provide lots of opportunities to spend time with other children.

Children who are aggressive or timid are more likely to be rejected by their peers.

  • Praise children for positive social behavior

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