How to help your child make friends

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It’s always a delight to witness our kid playing alone with his Lego blocks, as he unknowingly develops his creativity. They say that a child at play is seriously at work, so we do everything in our power to support our child as he plays.

What’s even more delightful, is seeing our kid socialize as he plays with other kids. If your kid happens to lean towards the shy end of the spectrum, you can do something to help prod your child along and make friends.

Create situations where your child has the chance to interact with other kids in a comfortable atmosphere. Organize play dates with kids of some of your friends, or maybe schedule a mini get-together with some of the parents of your child’s classmates. To keep things simple, you could perhaps start with inviting one of your neighbors’ kids over to spend a couple of hours playing with your kid.

Make sure your kid and his playmates have enough to do during the play date. You can do arts and crafts with them, or teach them some easy board games. Don’t impose, though. It would be a good idea to ask your child beforehand, as to what games he’d like to play.

If you’re concerned about your child’s inability to make friends, you could have a chat with his teacher in order to get some insight on how your kid interacts with his classmates on a daily basis.

It’s essential to develop healthy social skills early on in childhood, so just continue to support your kid as he comes out of his shell and makes friends.