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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
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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
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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