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Making friends

Making friends can be tough at any age. If your child is struggling to make friends at school, there are things you can do to reassure them that it will be okay.   

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How to help your child make friends at primary school

  1. Encourage kindness and taking turns. Practising taking turns by playing simple games, like taking turns to jump in a puddle, helps them learn to be considerate.
  2. Allow them to solve their own squabbles. Being able to resolve conflict is part of making and keeping friends, and it’s a helpful life skill to learn.
  3. Work out some ‘opening lines’ together. Talking to new people can be scary at any age. Planning out simple things like “I like your school bag” or “what did you do at the weekend?” can make them feel more prepared to chat.

These tips were adapted from https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-make-friends-at-primary-school  

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Some kids can be a little quieter and struggle to make friends which can worry you as a parent. This podcast talks through the worries parents have and how you can help your child.

Childline and Anna Freud have some good tips for children making friends:

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/friends-relationships-sex/friends/top-tips-making-friends/

https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/top-tips-for-making-friends/

 

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When thinking about how you can support your child in making friends…  

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