15 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Make and Keep Friends

April 9, 2013  |  

If you ever been the last kid to get picked for kickball, or had kids run away from you because you had the “boogey touch” or some other contagious classmate-created disease, then you know just how hard it can be for some children to make friends.  Making friends doesn’t necessarily get easier when you grow older either, but the difference is you care less and you’re confident in the fact that having two or three genuine friends is better than having 10 fair weather ones any day.

Once children reach school age, it’s important for them to build social skills and start to develop lives outside their household. Whether you have a miniature social butterfly in bloom or your high school freshman has had the same two friends since the sandbox, after personality, parents play a big part in the social creature they send out into the world.  The following tips can help children to learn lessons about trust, loyalty and other traits that are important in building healthy friendships.  If they’re lucky within their lifetime they’ll find one person who doesn’t share the same DNA, but loves them anyway.

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