FRIENDSHIP

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Friends are vital to school-age children's healthy development. Research has found that children who lack friends can suffer from emotional difficulties later in life. Friendships provide children with more than just fun playmates. Friendships help children develop emotionally and morally. In interacting with friends, children learn many social skills, such as how to communicate, cooperate, and solve problems. They practice controlling their emotions and responding to the emotions of others. They develop the ability to think through and negotiate different situations that arise in their relationships. Having friends even affects children's school performance. Children tend to have better attitudes about school and learning when they have friends there. In short, children benefit greatly from having friends.

Schools play a crucial role in their pupils' social development. A child is not born with social skills. He needs patterns who take an active rohem is to develop a loving, accepting, and respectful relationship with him. This warm relationship sets the stage for all future relationships, including friendships. It helps the child develop the basic trust and self-confidence necessary to go out and meet others. It provides a firm foundation on which the child can develop social skills.

Teaching children implies also to show them various social skills by being a good role model. That is, a child learns from how his closest adults interact with him and other people. Schools are the right place to show how to meet people and talk to them, to tell stories and jokes, and to cooperate with others and ask for favors. At school children also learn how to win or lose well, how to apologize and accept apologies. Learning to accept compliments graciously and show admiration and appreciation also happen at school. Furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities for learning to be patient, respectful, and considerate. (...)

"Gottman, P.1997. Raising the emotionally intelligent child. New York, NY, Simon & Schuster"