Making First Friends

Let Your Child Be the Host

If your child's friend is coming over to your house, resist the temptation to organize the activities yourself. Instead, have a talk beforehand about games that he and his friend might play. Be sure to ask him to keep in mind what his friend likes to do as well as his own favorite games. If he has a special toy he doesn't like to share, it makes sense to put it away for the afternoon.

Let your child select a healthy snack for the playdate and encourage him to open the front door to welcome his guest. "All these things will teach your child what it means to be a good host," says Tracy Gleason, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Wellesley College, in Massachusetts.

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