Childhood Friendships

Never Underestimate the Importance of Early Childhood Friendships. Friendships, the bonds that children develop with their peers in their lives, bring pleasure, comfort and lifetime memories.

Friendship is often underrated, considering the tremendous impact it has on our well being. Early-childhood friendship is something that is frequently overlooked as a positive developmental influence. We don’t always realize how attached our young children are to their friends. Preschool friendships are helpful in developing social and emotional skills, increasing a sense of belonging and decreasing stress.

Encourage the friendships that are important to your child. If there is a relationship that brings your child joy, support it, even if the kids attend different schools. Scheduling time for them to see important friends outside of school, even if it’s only once in a while, helps them stay connected. Respect your child’s personality.
Some children may have a lot of friends, and others may not need many friends to feel happy. It is important to celebrate and support your child’s personality and needs. One child may be more outgoing than a sibling and it’s important not to compare them. My kids were very different but that what makes them even more special their unique qualities … love them so much just the way they are!

Encourage playtime …. it’s the best!


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