First Friends and Relationship-Building
Children are born with an innate drive to connect with others. Through relationships, children discover who they are and learn to understand others and the world.
Even as toddlers, friends play a special role in children’s lives. Making friends begins with learning how to play. Children need practice in order to learn to share, take turns, resolve conflict, and feel the joy of friendship.
Children learn a lot about the give and take of relationships just from playing together, and they need lots of opportunities to learn to work things out for themselves. Though adults should keep a watchful eye, it is important to let children try to resolve their own conflicts, even at an early age.
It’s good for your young child to start learning how to play well with other children. Socializing is one of the most complex skills a child will learn and lays the groundwork for social skills they will use for the rest of their lives.