WHY FIRST FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT

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I don’t want to think about my child alone, and kindergarten’ friendships are more important than you think, especially for boys. Boys with good friendships in kindergarten with lots of sharing, and peaceful relations had fewer behavior problems and better social skills by third grade, according to a study from the University of Illinois.

Since collaboration and teamwork is a big part of learning and education, kids who have trouble adapting are at a disadvantage academically.

Here are some tips on how to try to avoid these problems :

Don’t be afraid to raise the issue with the teacher. Ask the teacher questions about how your child is socializing and interacting with others. Some schools offer social skills programs that your kid can join.

Read and buy books that showcase good friendships, like Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel. But any book that can serve as a model about friendship and relationship, and mention your child’s friend’s names.

Act on solutions to playground problems: Little kids incline closer to imagined classmates, compliment kind gestures by pointing out the positive emotions for example you can mention them something like “You must feel really proud of yourself that you shared your new ball with Sam.”

Act as the party planner: Organize play dates with your kids’ friend, two or three  members in the group are enough to socialize with their mother also, and at the same time  the kids will get more involve between them out of the school schedule.

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