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How can we teach kids to be good friends?

Two veteran teachers answer the question, "How can we teach kids to be good friends?" in Forward in Christ's "Parent conversations" column in September. Here's an excerpt from Amanda Berg's article:

“You have a friend in me.” “I’ll be there for you.” “Friends forever.” “Besties.” These quotes about friendship are familiar to many. They quickly make a connection in our brains to a story, people, characters, maybe even a memory. Most adults could quickly rattle off a list of things that define friendship for them. We know what it takes to be a good friend, and we also know that, like every relationship, maintaining those friendships takes effort. Good friends learn from each other, help each other, share, compliment each other, and the list goes on.

So how do we help young children learn to be good friends? As with many concepts and skills, teaching friendship is not a one-and-done lesson. It is ongoing. It is an integral part of a young child’s social-emotional development, and it continues to grow and develop as our children do.
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