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School and Social Life

Young friends together at school

​Having friends, developing new friendships and maintaining healthy relationships is an important part of your child's development.

When children make friends, they develop important life skills like how to get along with others and successfully work through conflicts and problems. These skills are important for your child to learn because children who get along with others are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life.

Talking to your children about how to be a good friend and develop and maintain healthy friendships is an important discussion to have since relationships are such a big part of the school setting. Make sure your children know what a good relationship entails, especially as they get into the tween and teen years. Check out the articles below for more information on friendships and relationships for different ages.

Teaching to Make Friends for Younger Children

Assessing Relationships for Tweens and Teens

Building Healthy Relationships for Teens