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Importance of Peer Relationships

The nature of children's peer interactions and friendships changes as they develop and grow. We have compiled several expert articles that discuss the importance of peer relationships and how kids relate to people their own age. Learn how to help promote positive friendships in your children's lives and encourage lonely children to seek out new friends.

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  • 1.

    Teach Your Child Refusal Skills

    Your child faces a number of tough decisions in her life. Since making friends and fitting in are important to many...

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2.

    Making Friends in Middle School

    Making good grades probably tops your list of goals for your middle school student, but making friends is also...

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    Peer Group Influence

    In ways similar to the community, the peer group becomes an agency of enculturation and learning. Even very young...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Peer Relations in Middle Childhood

    A positive climate for social and moral growth is one that fosters peer interaction (Nucci, 2001). In middle childhood,...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    The Importance of Playdates

    A trip to a friend's house may seem ho-hum compared to a ballet class, but it's just as important. Here's why we can't...

    Source: Education.com
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    Children Who Just Watch

    While many young children, when given the opportunity, will immediately engage in play with others, families and early...

    Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children
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    School Adjustment

    Students face many adjustments in school. From year to year, there are changes in teachers, classrooms, school and class...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Development of Peer Relationships and Interpersonal Understandings

    School is very much a social place. In fact, for many students, interacting with and gaining the acceptance of peers are...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    When a Child Feels Left Out or Lonely

    Most children at some point in their lives experience being excluded from a party or suddenly being ignored by friends....

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    The Ups and Downs of Friendships: When Parents Don’t Like Their Child's Friends

    The upsides of friendships are considerable and start early. Humans are born social, and even babies reach out for...

    Source: NYU Child Study Center