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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.

    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
  • 2.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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