Over the years, your child's friend group has probably changed. This is because as your child grows, they are exploring the values he or she wants in a friend. This will help your child make new friends and be a better friend to others. You can be supportive by asking your child about his or her friends, including what he or she likes about them.
As your child progresses through middle school and high school, your child will learn ways to make new friends. This can help your child build positive relationships with his or her peers. One way to provide support is to tell your child about a friend you made when you were younger, and explain how you became friends with this person. Ask your child how he or she makes friends at school, and what can sometimes make it difficult.
Making new friends can cause much anxiety. Joining an activity in which your child has no friends can be a struggle. You can help alleviate this anxiety by telling your child about a time you made a new friend. Explain what you did and how you did it. Ask your child if there’s someone he or she would like to make friends with and how he or she will do so.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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