Going back to school can give even the most charming and outgoing kid the jitters — there are new kids to contend with in class, constantly shifting social dynamics, plus the everyday anxiety that can come with starting something new. So whether your kid’s new in school, working through a shy phase, or just a little bit clueless, here’s how you can help her make friends.
Teach the Foundation of Friendship
Kids naturally gravitate towards children who are able to share and who don’t hit, yell, or whine. Teaching those basic friendship skills begins at home. Modeling friendly behavior is the clearest way to teach it. “Be kind to your kids. How you relate to them is how they will relate to peers and friends,” says family psychotherapist Fran Walfish, author of The Self-Aware Parent.