Helping Children Build New Friendships

Help your child to explore different ways to make friends and improve their self-confidence as it relates to social interaction. Learn more from CareNectar expert Shenley Seabrook.

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Young children develop at a rapid pace, and they are learning many different skills that help them build relationships and make friends. Establishing these friendships requires social-emotional competence, self-regulation, and empathy. It also requires such skills as cooperation and negotiation, trust-building, and making amends.

As a parent or caregiver, you can take steps to help your children make friends with others. This is especially important for children who appear shy or timid around others, or who may have had limited social interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. This activity will provide you with the tools to help your child build friendships, a skill that will last a lifetime.

Who It's For

Children ages 3 and older

Why It Empowers

This activity empowers children to make friends and expand their social circle by practicing greetings and common conversation topics. If your child feels anxious around others, this activity will help them feel comfortable being around and initiating conversation with new peers. Not only that, this activity empowers parents with the confidence that their child has strong social skills and the ability to make new friends.

What's Needed

  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • 30 minutes of time
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    Meet The Expert

    Shenley Seabrook

    Shenley Seabrook is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works primarily with children and adolescents in a private practice setting. She is also a foster parent and lives with her husband and daughter in Indiana. Shenley recently wrote her first children’s book, We Have the Same Heart, which celebrates diversity, inclusion, and community service.