Helping your child maintain friendships
When our children are young, playdates involve us choosing the time, place, and friends - often determined by which parents we are happiest to chat to over a coffee.
As children get older, we have much less say over who our children befriend and our role is to support them in developing resilience in navigating the inevitable trials and tribulations that arise. Friendship disputes between children are natural and to be expected. As children develop, they learn how to meet their own needs as well as navigate the needs of others. Whilst it is helpful to give them independence in this area, there are simple things that you can do to support them.