Understanding your child’s friendships

Friendships are so important to children.  And there is good reason. Research shows that when your child has close, reciprocal friends, their self-esteem is likely to be higher.  They feel less lonely and demonstrate a more positive attitude toward school. They also cope better with stress and are less likely to be bullied.  Understanding your child’s friendships is then a significant part of the care and nurturing you give them.

Understand the friendships that are important to your child

While we cannot make friends for our children, support and encourage their ability to connect.  Neither can we force their social and emotional development.  But what we can do is understanding the processes involved and support and guide them. 

What does it take to make a friend?  How do you take the first step?

This session will help you to do just that. We will look at ways of interpreting your child’s social behaviours and recognising the meanings behind them. And we will learn ways of using this to help your child to respond to the inevitable social challenges that will come their way.

This session is taken from our course: The Happy Child

Dr Kathryn Peckham is an Early Childhood Consultant, author and researcher and the founder of Nurturing Childhoods.  Providing all the knowledge, understanding and support you need to nurture your growing child.   www.nurturingchildhoods.co.uk


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