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A Child's Guide to Making Friends

Making friends is an important part of child development.

Illustration by Jan.Smith

As with most areas of development, parents can be helpful in teaching skills, arranging play dates, coaching their children to treat people in a fair and friendly manner, and of course, modeling positive social behavior.  

Other ways parents can help young children establish and maintain friendships include:

  • Teaching children how to enter play by observing and offering to play a role not filled by others.
  • Being a positive person who says please and thank you, cooperates and shares, but stands up for their own needs too. 
  • Teaching kids how to manage squabbles and understand that others have feelings, needs and wants too. 

For more information on friendship, visit

If you need more information about your 6-8 year old, visit

Illustration by Jan.Smith

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