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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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    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
  • 2.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
  • 9.

    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
  • 10.

    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