Friendships are an important part of our lives and with guidance children can be supported to have safe and successful relationships with their friends. Friendships continue to develop and evolve as children move throughout their childhood and adolescent years . Friendships often form the basis of our understanding of different relationships so it is important that we support our tamariki to understand what makes a good friend and also how to cope with different points of view or opinions. Having open communication and an active interest in your children’s friendships helps to create a healthy ongoing conversation around friendships as children move through their school-aged years.
It is also important for children to understand and recognise different emotions in themselves and others so that they are able to respond appropriately and can identify what makes a good friend. Friendship links in with a number of important characteristics such as kindness, empathy, trust and compassion, all of which are great skills to set our children up with!