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• Develop a strong sense of humor. • Be the person that you would want to hang out with. Image by Cammy Ambrosini Finally, remember you need to be patient. Teaching friendship social skills will never be as easy as it sounds, and we are all at different levels of learning. Making Friends is an ART! - So get out the paints and plan on using lots of paper! Julia Cook, a former teacher and school counselor, has received the Association of Educational Publishers – Distinguished Achievement Award. The National Parenting Center and Mom’s Choice Awards have honored her books. 6. Explain to your child that in order to have friends, he needs to know how to be a good friend. A good friend will… • Look out for welfare others. • Learn how to place others wants and needs ahead of his own. • Be willing to share their hopes and dreams with others. • Laugh and have fun! • Be a sincere, understanding listener. • Be respectful of others. • Go out of their way to do nice things for others. Image by Eastop • Show genuine empathy. • Do what they can to help others feel good about themselves. • Have a strong sense of self-worth. 13

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