|Friendship is a relationship between two or more people who like each other. You can build strong, lasting friendships by paying attention to how you treat other people.
What is a healthy friendship?
- Having common interests
- Treating friends the way you want to be treated
- Paying attention when friends are talking
- Keeping a friend’s confidences
- Sharing with friends
- Being truthful
- Sticking up for a friend
- Taking turns with a friends
|What are the signs a child is developing healthy friendships?
- A child takes pleasure and pride in friendships.
- Despite some disagreements, the overall experience is positive.
- A child develops preferences for particular children.
- Your child allows you to meet his friends and their parents.
|How can parents help children maintain friendships?
- Teach your child to appreciate his friends.
- Encourage your child to show interest in his friends’ lives.
- Talk with your child about how to handle arguments without hostility.
- Tell your child to maintain contact with his friends.
- Help your child have fun together with his friends.
- Teach your child to build trust with his friends.
- Help your child support his friends when things get tough.
- Teach your child to help his friends find solutions to their problems.
- Get to know your child’s friends and their parents.