Kids and Friendship: A Parent's Guide
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Michele Borba, EdD, joined us on April 14, 2005 to discuss how you can teach your child the essential friendship-building skills that they need to find, make, and keep friends, as well as survive social pressure from peers.
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The first step is to watch your child closer without his knowing you're watching. Watch him when he's interacting with other children. See if there's any little red flag. One little thing he's doing that may be stopping him from making good friends or being a good friend -- like being bossy, too sensitive, always arguing, hot tempered, teasing or too shy. Target one skill at a time and that's the one you can teach this month.
There's a complete makeover for shyness in Nobody Likes Me , as well as many other troublesome behaviors.
How kids choose friends when they get older is based on the "rule of similarity" -- you choose friends with similar interests. So your best hope is to help your child discover her interests. Does she like to draw or play an instrument? Is she outdoorsy, does she like to sew or read books? Find a club, an after-school activity or tutoring with other kids of the same interests. She's more likely to find a better friend that way.
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