Title: Children’s Friendships: An Age by Age Guide

Word Count: about 1800 words


“Children’s friendships are at the heart of their existence,” says Michael Thompson, Ph.D., author of Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children . “Their friends are the air they breathe and the water they swim in.” Yet, issues with friends can also be the greatest source of heartache for kids from preschool through the teen years.

Find out how to provide appropriate coaching and support to your children at every age to help them learn the skills necessary for a lifetime of meaningful friendships.


Friendships help children gain confidence, explore new ways of thinking, develop a sense of identity, learn what works in relationships and what doesn’t, and practice critical social skills like conflict resolution, trust-building and empathy. Kenneth H. Rubin, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Children, Relationships & Culture at the University of Maryland and author of The Friendship Factor, suggests that parents take a coaching role to help their children master the fine art of friendship . . .

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