Teaching children about friendship- how to make and keep friends in a healthy, positive way- is a passion of mine.
It’s no surprise that research has found that friendship is vital to a healthy and happy life. We were made for relationships and community.
How are your children’s friendship skills?
Making friends and being a good friend is a learned skill; some of us are naturally better at it than others.
It’s our job as parents to teach our children to be:
* friendly and open to friendship
* a kind and supportive friend
* resilient when a friendship doesn’t go as they hoped it would
Today I’m sharing my top 7 Teaching Points about Friendship to help you guide your children towards healthy and happy friendships.
Why do I care so much about this topic?
- 61% of young adults report feeling “serious loneliness” in a recent study.
- Loneliness is linked to many physical and emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and heart disease.
- Children are spending 4-6 hours on screens while teens are on screens up to 9 hours per day*. Research tells us more time on screens equals a less content life. Real-life friendships reduce screen time.
Get your copy of my top 7 Teaching Points about Friendship and you’ll also receive conversation starters to help you discuss friendship with your children in a light and fun way.