It’s back to school season and often with the start of a new school year comes a new set of classmates. Although there may be some familiar faces in your child’s class there are likely some new faces as well. For some children, meeting someone new is an exciting opportunity to make a friend! For other children, making a new friend feels a bit out of their comfort zone.
Have you ever wondered how you can encourage your child to make new friends? Developing the skills to make friends comes with time, however there are some things you can do to help your child establish and strengthen those skills.
The best way to teach children about the skills for developing friendships is to model them, or in other words practice what you preach! It’s important to talk with your child about these practices but follow the conversation with a real life example to help reinforce the concept. Again, these skills take time for children to develop, however with these tips you can support your child in establishing new friendships.