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5 Tips for Being a Good Friend

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

- Henry Ford

Friendships provide children with a sense of belonging. According to a study conducted by Mayo Clinic, friendships boost self-esteem, reduce stress and increase confidence. More

importantly, friendships help us to cope with traumas. Lack of friendships can lead to a child suffering emotionally, academically and mentally. Teaching kids how to be a good friend will help them to create lasting friendships throughout their lives. So what’s a best friend anyway?

Qualities of a Good Friend:

  1. A good friend is always there for you no matter what.

  2. A good friend doesn't judge you or deliberately hurt your feelings.

  3. A good friend is kind and respectful.

  4. A good friend is loyal and tells you the truth, even when it’s hard.

  5. A good friend makes you laugh and is a person whose company you enjoy.

Skills Needed to be a Good Friend

  • Empathy

  • Curiosity

  • Communication

  • Cooperation

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Knowing how to apologize and forgive

How You Can Help Your Child to Make Friends

  • Provide your child with opportunities to be around other children

  • Teach your child how to handle various social situations

  • Help your child to learn games and sports

  • Set clear and appropriate boundaries and behaviors

  • Help your child to see others’ points of view

  • Teach your child how to problem solve and support them during difficult times

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