The following activity will take between 20-25 minutes of your time but will have a lasting impact on your child’s life!
Helping your child understand what true, loyal, and happy friendship is can be a complicated task. You should not give up the opportunity to know how your child perceives friendship and what s/he is willing to tolerate to stay in friendship with others.
Below, you can find two charts I created (one for boys and one for girls) to help young students understand the pillars of healthy and happy friendship. We did it as follows:
- My child and I spoke about her friends and asked various GENERAL questions about her social dynamic in school.
- To make a smooth transition I asked: “Could you complete the sentence: A good friend is….” Fill-in-the-blank questions are more engaging than questions like “Who do you think can be a good friend?”
- I suggested we will search in the internet for pictures that described a good friend.
- We found four pictures that encompass the values I wanted to illustrate with her: inclusiveness, loyalty, respect, and diversity.
It is essential that your child will describe the picture and only then complete the sentence. Also, make sure to revolve the conversation around the value YOU think are relevant to your child’s social dynamic with her/his friends.