How can I help my child make friends? This is a question that I am frequently asked.
My main suggestion is to first help your child be a good friend. Good friends are kind, friendly, fair, share and take turns. Good friends are forgiving, inclusive and tolerant of differences.
As a fun ending game in a counselling session, I sometimes make a little paper origami ship. In it, I place a few golden wrapped werther original candies (I am famous in these parts for my love of werthers!).
I ask the child, ''What is more valuable than a golden ship?"
The answer, "A friendship!"
Solid friendships increase children's quality of life and they increase children's overall resiliency to stress. Friendships at school are a powerful motivator to keep kids going to school regularly.
I believe being a good friend first is the key to having solid friendships overtime!
Cheers, and thanks for the question!
Dr Jillian Roberts
PS Here are a couple of great social skills building resources: