riendships created during a child’s formative years are important because they shape the world around them. Their ability to interact with others can greatly improve their social outlook and self esteem. Learning the necessary social skills to make and maintain healthy friendships early on sets us on a path of connection rather than isolation.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health, conducted by Kristin Schubert, program director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, measured the social skills of children into their adulthood over two decades. Schubert’s study “shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future. From an early age, these skills can determine whether a child goes to college or prison, and whether they end up employed or addicted.”
It’s a pretty hard-hitting thing to say but the research is there, those that have greater social skills will have better personal and career outcomes and are better equipped to solve-problems without aggression or social withdrawal.
• Its good to have friends.
• Friends care about each other and look out for each other.
• Friends share experiences and material things.
• Friends don’t force their friends to do things they do not wish to do.
• Friendships are special and should be valued.
QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION
• What does it mean to be friendly?
• How can you make a friend?
• What do friends do for each other?
• How can you be a good friend?
OUR FRIENDSHIP MANTRA
“A good friend will share,
A great friend will care,
A best friend will always be there.”
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Here’s a fun task which communicates that friends help each other.
Ready to print and complete.
A4 HOME WALL POSTER
Download and print.
Collect one from each Topic.
For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete.
Try to collect them all!