Back to School: How making friends makes a difference

As children head back to school, some of their biggest concerns often involve making friends, “fitting in” and navigating relationships. But when a child has good, healthy friendships, the benefits can include increased self-esteem and appropriate emotional growth.

So how can parents better understand social development and its impact on their children? There’s a fact sheet for that! Our “Making Friends” and “Formando Amistades” fact sheets are a great tool to share as students return to the classroom. They include 4 simple questions to ask kids as they begin to build new friendships this year:

  1. “Who do you know that likes to do the same things you do?”
  2. “What makes someone a good friend? How do they make you feel?”
  3. “What is one kind thing you did for someone today?”
  4. When something negative happens with a friend, ask your child, “What can you do differently next time? How do you think your friend is feeling?”

Working with parents and children on making connections and building good relationships? You might also be interested in our Parent Resource Center fact sheets on:

(Remember, you can download our FREE Parent Resource Center app HERE and access these resources on-the-go!)