How to Help Kids Manage Their Friendships

how to help kids manage their friendships

Your child comes home, and there it is. An invitation. Your child is waving it in your face with a grin wider than the ocean.

kid who doesn't know how to manage her friends bullyingAnd you?

Does your heart soar?

Or sink?

  • Acceptance
  • Similarity
  • Belonging
  • Self-worth
  • Influence
  • Betrayal

Here’s Why Our Friendships Matter

Friendships can arouse big feelings – in us as well as our kids – and how we approach the joys and the ickiness friendships can bring requires us to separate. We need to remove the “us” from the “them.”

But it can be tough untangling our own feelings when we invite friends into our families. (or they invite us).

This week, we’re inviting you to spend a minute or two thinking about the friends your child has and the common challenges that come up when kids make friends (or don’t!).

From Friends to Frenemies  – the good, the bad and the ugly with kids and friends

  • An explanation about why kids exclude that you may not have considered
  • Why friendships are fluid and how to use the Hand in Hand Tools to anchor relationships
  • When to get involved in friendships and drama, and when to let go
  • Why your friendships influence how you handle children, friends and their fallouts
  • One tool you can use to ease your children’s friendships along
  • One conversation to try when your child is getting controlled in a friendship

One big thing to remember is that before you can help kids manage their friendships well, you have to manage your own feelings about friendships first.

Listen now: How to Help Kids Manage Their Friendships

Helping Kids Get Along: How Laughter Can Bring Friends Together highlights a great way to bring friends who are fighting together.



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