Making and keeping friends can be tricky for young children. These activities encourage them to think about what makes a good friend and what they can do to improve their friendships. They also look at how to cope with loneliness or rejection.
- Encourage and model positive behaviours to others - sharing, helping, saying kind words, issuing an invitation to play, giving a gift.
- If your child gets into a fight or argument, ask for their suggestions on how to solve it, remembering the golden rules – it makes me feel better, and it doesn’t hurt me or anyone else.
- If your child is worried about joining a new class or group, help them by practising how to talk to people and make friends. This will give them more words and ideas and make them more confident.