Isn’t it heartbreaking when a child comes home from school and utters the words “no-one wants to play with me”?
“I don’t have anyone to play with.”, “No one wanted to play with me.”… Have you ever heard your child say that on the day she came back from school? Is your child having trouble developing friendships? Does she have a very bad personality that other kids can’t put up with? If your child doesn’t get invited places or have anyone to hang out with, it can be hard not to wonder – and worry.
Making and keeping friends is a skill. If kids struggle with it, it might not have anything to do with personality. It doesn’t mean your child isn’t likable or funny. It may just mean your child needs a hand building social skills. And just like kids need to practice their skills to improve in a specific sport, social skills need to be practiced regularly as well.
In this article, we offer some useful tips on how to coach your child about communication skills that will help them make and keep friends.