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Teaching Kids to Make Friends!

Teaching Kids to Make Friends!

I just found this awesome post – I never thought to teach my kids how to make friends. Love this! http://www.misshumblebee.com/blog/2014/08/24/teaching-your-child-make-friends-school/
(Can you tell I’m working at home today and not really working?!)

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    1. Those are both great articles! In my experience, kids have no trouble making friends (it amazes me how we’ll be out somewhere… playground, beach, etc… and before I know it my kids are running around with a bunch of kids they didn’t know five minutes before. I wish I could just walk up to someone and start talking to them like that!), but all the tips in those articles are so important in order to maintain friendships, which can be VERY difficult for children who are so natural ego-centric.

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    2. Good one too!

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  2. These are great tips! It also helps to offer your children suggestions about what to say when they want to approach a new friend. For example “Hi, I’m Sara. Would you like to play tag?” It’s also important to help your child understand that not every child will respond to them in a friendly way and that this behavior is not a reflection on them but usually signals that the new friend is feeling shy, uncomfortable or upset. In this case, a quick “that’s okay, maybe we can play later” is a great phrase to teach your kids. As parents, we wear our hearts on our sleeves when we watch our kids navigate friendships!

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  3. I will never forget teaching my daughter to approach a new friend for the first time, and the horrible outcome! She was so nervous, but took my guidance and introduced herself and asked the girl to play. The girl was so rude and it broke my heart. My daughter was three at the time and the girl was a little older, four maybe. It crushed her and it was a few weeks before she was willing to try it again. (Or I was- I think I took longer to recover!)

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