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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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    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
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    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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    Help Your Child Build Healthy Relationships

    "Play nicely." "Please share with Johnny/Suzie." These phrases or similar versions of them are familiar to many of us....

    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • 4.

    Do Afterschool Programs Give Students a Boost?

    Recent studies suggest that afterschool programs do more than just keep kids occupied during the afternoon. Just what...

    Source: Education.com
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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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    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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    Social Skills Strategies for Parents and Teachers

    All students need to learn appropriate social skills to have a healthy lifestyle as a child, teen, and adult. With...

    Source: State: Arizona Department of Education
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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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    Children's Peer Relationships

    Children's friendships have inevitable ups and downs. Yet the feelings of satisfaction and security that most children...

    Source: Educational Resource Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)
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    Consequences of Peer Rejection

    Unfortunately, the negative social experiences some children face in their early years can continue as they get older....

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall