Making First Friends

Get Pals Together

Even though your daughter spends time with other kids at summer camp or during ballet class, it's still important for her to have one-on-one playdates every week. "School and organized activities are focused more on doing things as a group than on developing individual relationships," says Theresa Kellam, PhD, a family counselor in Arlington, Texas, and author of The Parent Survival Guide. "It's important for children to be alone together so they can play without adult interference." Playdates with two kids are best at this age -- a threesome often leads to competition for one child's attention.

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