They provide a unique opportunity to learn interaction and relationship skills. Friendships provide children with an important source of information and insight about themselves – seeing themselves through the eyes of their friends.
When kids form friendships they can be a great source of learning – about social rules and solving problems, swell as enhancing emotional wellbeing – especially important as children begin to experience stress in their lives.
Various research studies have provided us with key insights into children’s friendships:
The ease with which children form and maintain friendships can be affected by their earliest relationships. Babies who form a secure attachment with their caregiver are much more likely to make and keep friends easily later in life.
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Issue 32 - Autumn 2019