Making new friends is an important social skill kids develop as they grow up. Friendship often starts within the family, and later on we move on to kindergarten, neighbors and after-school activities. But what does it really mean to be a good friend? And how do I maintain my relationship with my friends? Without even realizing, it all trickles down to our Social and Emotional Intelligence. This week’s “1 minute Peppy Parenting” is a great way to talk about friendship and what we really value in our friends.
Exercise: Start talking about friendship and tell your kids about your closest friends. What qualities do you value in them?
Ask: Who are your friends?
- How do you know you are friends?
- What qualities would you like a friend to have?
- What do you like about your friends?
- How does it feel to be a good friend?
Purpose: To learn to practice and talk about friendship.
Want to experience more? We’re not perfect. Sometimes friends let each other down. A couple of weeks back we talked about friendship in a slightly different way. Go back to the exercise and ask the same questions again. Perhaps your child was let down recently, or met a new friend who’s different from his/her previous friends. What is good/bad about that?