Your preschooler’s first friendships are a building block for how she socializes with others for the next several years of her life. You’ll want to ensure that your little one learns how to create strong bonds with her classmates and treats others kindly. Here are some ways to help your preschooler be a better friend.
A huge step for children in becoming a good friend is learning how to share. If you’re supervising a play-date or if your little one has siblings, encourage your child to share her toy or game if she seems to be keeping to herself. Once your child realizes how much fun she can have with others, the sharing should become a regular habit that quickly creates new friendships.
Along with sharing comes taking turns—it’s all about learning how to think of others at this age. Many children also need prompting when it comes to this task. Merely remind your child that taking turns is a necessity for continuing her game, especially if she gets fussy or stubborn. Discipline also comes into play when helping your child be a good friend—if your preschooler refuses to share or take turns, you may have to take her toy or game away for a while until she is willing to comply.
Asking what others want to do
Having your child ask her friends certain questions like “What do you want to play now?” is sure to help her be a good friend and classmate. Being willing to do something else and ask about other’s desires teaches her to think of others and also opens up doors to new experiences.
Teach your child that good friends apologize if they’ve made a mistake or hurt someone’s feelings. It’s never too early to demonstrate to your child how to make a proper apology. The earlier you teach her how to take responsibility for her actions, especially when it comes to her friends, the better.
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