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By Keren Perles
For young children, remaining friendless can be painful and confusing. The good news for parents, though, is that most children can be helped to the point where, years later, they feel comfortable making and keeping friends on their own. Learn how to help your child start a progression from a wishful wallflower to a social butterfly.
Don’t Add Pressure
Identify the Missing Skills
Teach the Basics
Meet Other Parents
Get Your Child Involved
Let Your Kid Be Herself
Take a Step Back
Look Out for Real Problems
Especially at a young age, this is a normal problem that parents and other adults can help children cope with. Do your best, and just remember that your child is likely learning how to interact with other people at a pace that is not unusual for her age.
For more help and information about the social lives of children, check out our articles on social and emotional development.