As the school year approaches, you're probably spending a lot of time making sure your child knows her ABCs and can unzip her backpack. But there's one more thing you ought to teach her: how to make friends.
Having a buddy or two will make her happier, and it will help her do better in the classroom both now and later. "Friends make each other feel more comfortable in new settings, like preschool or kindergarten. They enable kids to focus on their work instead of worrying about who they'll play with," says Parents adviser Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me. Buddies will also foster your child's creativity, since the dramatic pretend games 4- and 5-year-olds play help develop their imagination.
Luckily, with their parents' backup, most kids can learn to make pals easily. Jump-start your child's social life with these tips.
Copyright© 2005. Reprinted with permission from the August 2005 issue of Parents magazine.
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