How to help your child make friends?

Here are some steps that could help your child to make friends.

Telling them about friendship skills:

A child loves a parent who wants to have fun with kids and does not like parents who try to boss them. The child sees how the parent makes, treat and behave with friends. For the child, the parent is the role model.

Empathy is a valuable trait that can be taught to the kids. For example, ask the child to make a birthday card for her grandparents or make them bring food to a sick neighbour.

Try to be in your child’s friendship style:

A parent should clearly know the difference between forcing the child and involving the child.    Every child relates to the other in their own way. Never limit them. Give freedom to choose what social activity is best for them.

Allow your home to your child’s friends:

Invite your child’s friends to your home for a play date. Make sure you have in mind a couple of activities. You can involve activities like plan making cookies, dress up a box, etc for the child.

Be there for your child when there are troubles due to friendship troubles:

The common problem with friends is a misunderstanding. Don’t support your side one -sidedly. But only suggest what is to be done to make it work.Try to understand two sides of the story.

Try to understand two sides of the story.Keep working on child’s emotions time to time.

Keep working on child’s emotions time to time.
Give the freedom for the child to choose friends that fit:

Never restrict the child’s friendship depending on religion, caste, etc. The best idea is to let the child choose their own friends.

But if there is any chance that any friendship is a risky friendship then step in. Go with the child to school to know about the friend. Don’t forcefully say avoid him, but try to find a way to tell your child meaningfully.

Keep monitoring the child in case there is any bullying or teasing:

Teasing is always part of childhood. It can be harmful.

Sometimes bullying will come from teasing. It’s very normal. Rarely hitting or shoving are quite normal among children. Provide advice to your child of how their actions or words should not hurt others feelings.

Mention to them that they are not like that. First, understand what happened in the situation. Don’t ask like “Was anyone mean to you?”, etc.

In case your child was threatened or hit its ok to contact other kid’s parents.

Try to provide alternatives to popularity:

When not being popular in a crowd, children can feel rejection very much. Children are sensitive to what others say to them.

It’s not possible to change child’s popularity. But listen to your child’s misadventures.

Give example for the child like, “Christian Bale have always been growing under the cloud of other kid’s insults”. But have come a long way.

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