A: Teach your child to make friends by having playdates at your home where you can regulate the activities. If weekday playdates are difficult, as they often are, set aside weekend time to invite friendsso you can be around to oversee the play. Have back-up games and activities planned so that you can intercede to make the playdate work if you hear things going badly. Invite just one friend over at a time, to reduce the "targets" for a tough child, and rotate the different friends. They should all be classmates, so that school time can then become more enjoyable for all involved.