Friendship is the key capability for young kids to develop in the early years of school. Healthy friendships can help your child learn to share, compromise as well as find out ways to clear misunderstandings.
Childhood friendship is different from what adults have. Children find emotional support and learn how to value themselves as individuals along with having fun with friends.
Studies have shown that children who are good at making friends and have good friends during childhood have fewer chances of suffering from depression when they become adults. This is the point where parents play a very important role and they can help their children develop their ability to make friends.
So here are some tips for you to develop friendship skill in your child….
1.Healthy Parent-Child Relationship
Before helping your child to develop friendship skill it is very important to have a healthy parent-child relationship. Because your relationship with your child has an impact on their ability to make friends.
2.Being an Emotional Coach
Everybody has negative emotions and selfish impulses. But to make friends, we need to keep these responses under control. children develop better emotional self-control when their parents talk to them about their feelings in a sympathetic and positive way. So, talk to them and understand their feeling and guide them accordingly.
3.Teach Friendship Skills
Teach your child how to play with friends without behaving like a boss or accepting to do everything that his or her friend says. In fact, children learn and follow their parents in almost everything. So, your friendship skills can have an impact on your child. You can teach responsiveness to your children by helping your neighbors when they are in need of doing something social with your child along with you.
4. Help your Child during Friendship Issues
Misunderstandings are obvious in friends, especially during childhood. You should help your child through emotions and help him or her look at both sides of the story. Try to make the perspective of your child’s friend clear. Give both of them some time and then ask your child to invite that friend home.
5. Let your Child Choose Friends
Friendship can help your child have an extended view of the world. You can let your child make friends on his or her own but always keep an eye on it for the safety of your child.
6. Watch out for bullying
It is normal for children to tease or hit each other occasionally. But you should have a close watch whether any of your child’s friends hits or threatens him or her. Talk to the parents of that child. Make sure this does not happen again because it will have a negative impact on the self-esteem of your child.