Helping Your Child Make and Keep Friends

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What Children Look for in a Friend?

Is this child fun to be with? Is this child trustworthy? Does this child help me achieve my goals?Does this child make me feel good about myself?Is this child similar to me?

Social Tasks Involved in Peer Relationships

Joining a group or activityCoping with successDealing with conflictDefending selfCoping with failureStaying involvedMaking a friendSharing/cooperatingSticking up for a friendCoping with rejectionResponding to requestsMaking requestsHelping othersMaintaining a conversationCoping with teasingBeing supportive of others

Although rejected children differ in many ways, there does seem to be something they have in common:

A large proportion of rejected children are lacking in positive interaction skills, such as being cooperative, helpful, refining non-verbal communication, timing, spatial awareness, verbal language appropriateness and inappropriate dress or poor personal hygiene. This suggests that it should be possible to help these children by teaching them positive ways to interact with others.

RESOURCES:(This information has been compiled from studies done by National Network for Child Care- Gladys A. Williams, Dept. of Psychology, U of Illinois- Urbana)

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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