Fostering Friendships in Kindergarten What Par ents Can Do to S uppor t T heir Childr en’s S ocial Development
Be Proactive and Patient • T ake it s low • Know your child’s cur r ent s ocial temper ament. • Childr en may not be r eady for what their par ents hope for them to engage in…that does n’t mean they won’t get ther e.
Role play potential s ocial s ituations with your child
Play dates allow childr en to build s ocial s kills , s ocial r elations hips and pr oblem s olving s kills .
After School Activities
After s chool or weekend activities of inter es t can als o pr ovide a gr eat oppor tunity to make fr iends
Friendships at school • Making new fr iends takes time • T eacher s pr ovide oppor tunities for differ ent childr en to wor k and play together • T alk to your child’s teacher pr ivately if you have concer ns
When you hear about a problem with another child: • As k ques tions about what happened • T r y to avoid ques tions s ugges ting who was at fault. • As k feeling ques tions • Empathize • Dis cus s pos s ible choices in the s ituation
(con’t) • T alk about other kids behavior that might have been hur tful as a bad choice on the child’s par t. • Childr en can begin to lear n ear ly that the only per s on or behavior they can contr ol is their own. • Read childr en's books about getting along with other s and talk about what happens in the book.
Sources • Making fr iends in Kinder gar ten – Encour aging Las ting Fr iends hips . www.thelabor oflove.com • Gault, Ann Mattur r o. S ocial S kills and Challenges in Kinder gar ten. June 1, 2005. www.2s cholas tic.com • Dal Fuoco, Gina. Peer to Peer Pr oblems and Playgr ound Politics . 20062009. www.education.com • Jones , Lily. Helping Your Kinder gar tener Make Fr iends . 20062009. www.education.com