Helping your kids master their first major friendship

Helping your kids master their first major friendship

Your kid’s first major friendship might have an impact on his mental and physical health, and according to research, the relationship between two kids can help boost social and emotional skills, eliminate stress, and promote a sense of belonging. There are so many amazing benefits to childhood friendships that it only seems natural that we, as the parents, should want to help nurture those special relationships. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at how you can help your kid make the most of his or her first major friendship.

Discuss feelings

Kids between the ages of three and six are just getting their heads around the idea that other people have thoughts and feelings that differ from theirs, which is why they learn to care for and comfort their friends. Whenever we discuss feelings with our kids, our kids understand better and better how others feel on a different level. Help your child understand that his or her new friend might not always feel the same way, but that regardless of disagreements or personal tastes, the friendship should always be respected.

Set up play dates

Make sure you try to set up as many one-on-one playdates for your kiddo and his childhood bestie. You want to ensure that the playdate doesn’t exceed two hours though, or risk the fact of the mouse getting full and the cheese tasting more rotten with every bite. It’s always better to end the playdate on a high note rather than ending up with two highly upset kids that needed to call the date quits an hour ago.

Teach your kids about friendliness

By the time your kid starts attending preschool, he’s already got the empathy thing down, although it’s still a little shaky from time to time. Kids, even the best of friends, will argue for hours on end when the one doesn’t want to submit to the other’s needs, but that’s because they’re still a little insensitive to the emotions of others at times. This is why it’s essential that you constantly remind your kid about the vital role of friendliness when it comes to friendship because, at the end of the day, that’s what will make or break the relationship.

Remember that you can help your kid make life-long friends, regardless of what age they’re on now. As long as you keep on talking about the emotions of other, arranging playdates for the two buddies, and teaching your kids about friendliness, you’ll be paving the way to the friendship’s success.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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