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Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.

Judy is a popular motivational speaker and has worked all over the world with families and groups just like yours.

You will find her warm, witty and wise as she guides and mentors others to be their best self.
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Friendship on the Playground - Learn Social Skills

Sep 27th 2010 at 2:59 PM

Parents and teachers play a vital role in teaching the skills of friendships and inter-personal relationships. Even toddlers can learn to initiate and sustain friendship and build social skills on the playground and in the group setting.

One of the very easiest ways to find out how your child interacts with others is simply to watch them at play. Two year olds like to do parallel play, or do similar things in the same areas but not necessarily together.  Increasingly with age and experience, children will learn to interact with  other children, to share toys and games and to take turns.

Pre-schoolers are more intentional in making friends. They give and take away the title of "friend" varying on the activity or their mood. This can become an early "power play" to see who will be the "Queen Bee" and the "Wannabees" of the little girls on the playground.

Friendship Connections

To have a friend and to be a friend are basic needs of children and adults alike.  We all want to belong. Young children who learn the skills of making friends from parents and teachers will also excel in emotional development. Those who learn to relate to the needs of others in socially acceptable ways are usually well liked and included in playground activities and school  projects.

Teach Empathy and Mutual Respect

Friendship and social skills on the playground are usually learned in a one on one conversation with teacher or parent.  The life lesson we want to impart is that it is not others responsibility to like us, it is our responsibility to be the kind of person and friend that others will be drawn toward and want to befriend.

If you are concerned about your child's friendships, please go to http://www.theleftoutchild.com where you will find many suggestions and ideas to help you and your child feel more socially at ease.

Artichoke Press is the home site of Judy H. Wright, family relationship coach and author of over 20 books and many articles on family relationships. If your organization would like to schedule Auntie Artichoke, the storytelling trainer, for a workshop please call 406.549.9813.

Thanks for joining our community of caring parents, family members,coaches, teachers and mentors who want to help raise a generation of responsible adults who respect others.

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Dec 2nd 2010 at 2:16 PM by judyhwright
Thank you so much for your comments on my articles. It means a great deal when the words you write resonate with others. For a full listing of articles you may use in your blogs or ezines, check out http://www.ArticlesbyJudy.com Please just include the complete content and contact information. Thanks.
   
Dec 2nd 2010 at 1:32 PM by drkelp
Thx for an informative and interesting article. Lets hope we all behave properly in the Faceplate playground.
   
Oct 5th 2010 at 3:07 PM by tapont71
Hello Judy, I really enjoyed this article. Its one of the first I've seen addressing the socialization with kids. I agree with you completely where you state that it is not others responsibility to be our friends but ours to attract others toward us. It takes me back when I was a kid and how it was when trying to making friends. We all want to be liked and finding friends is in our human nature. I look forward to more of your material.
   

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