3 Elementary Lessons on Friendship Every Child Needs
Whether you’re a homeschooling family or send your kids to school, the first elementary lessons on friendship, often taught to kids between the ages of 4-8, can have a lasting impact.
Following are 3 friendship lessons kids learn early in life.
These lessons form the building blocks of future relationships.
As kids grasp the importance of friendship, the more attention they pay to keeping the friends they make.
It's easy to make friends, but each of us must discover what it takes to keep friends.
- kids learn to share themselves and their “stuff” with other kids to develop true friendships.
This can initially be a struggle, and each child must learn for herself what she is comfortable in sharing with others and when.
Kids become more willing to share as they like and trust each other more.
- Kids learn that making friends is important to their happiness. They learn that we all need other people who like us and respect us.
- One of the other elementary lessons on friendship kids learn is acceptance of their friends for who they are, not who they want them to be.
Accepting other people can push all our buttons, as often we want people to be they way we want them to be.
Learning to accept ourselves goes a long way in accepting others.
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Children learn often in the early years of making and keeping friends through trial and error. They learn how to keep your friends close, the friends we keep as kids helps us become the adults we want to become.
And that’s one of the most important of the elementary lessons on friendship children learn: how to be friends with someone without giving up values and beliefs that make you who you are.
Many kids learn that they have to choose between hanging out with a group of other kids who want to experiment with drugs and alcohol and their own personal values.
In fact, this is how kids often discover what they believe, often in the trenches (so to speak), rather than through lectures.
Sometimes they choose to go against their parent’s values and hang with the kids abusing.
Fortunately, with guidance, these kids learn to say “NO” and how to make new friends.
They see the danger in following the herd and that making friends and staying friends with kids whose values differ than their own must be examined closely.
Kids grow up fast when they get hurt in a friendship that doesn’t work out.
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