10 Tips for Helping Young Kids Make Friends

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Let Your Kid Be Herself

All kids are different. One child might love going on wild rides at amusement parks and roughhousing with a large group of friends, whereas another may enjoy staying home and working in the garden or reading book, by himself or with one close friend. “Look at your child’s temperament and say ‘What does he or she prefer?’” Cassatly says. “There is nothing inherently right or wrong about either temperament.” Point out your child’s strengths, such as building deep (albeit fewer) friendships, reflecting about various issues or using creativity.