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 a key ingredient to a healthy and happy life. We were created for relationships and community.
How are your children’s friendship skills?
Making friends and being a good friend is a learned skill.
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
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.
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*Screen time quoted is based on The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry research.