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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.

    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
  • 2.

    Teaching Young Children Problem-Solving Skills

    The roots of violence start in the first years of life as children who don’t know how to solve problems turn to...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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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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    Teaching Students How To Make Friends

    As a teacher, you will use many informal strategies to nurture friendships among students. For a few students, you may...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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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
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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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    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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    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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    Tips for Parents: Teasing, Bullying, and the Role of Friendships

    Fred Frankel, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of the UCLA Children's Friendship Program, and author of Good friends are hard to...

    Source: Davidson Institute for Talent Development
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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