It's important to allow children to build friendships from a young age to not only get them socializing but also allow them to build communication, play, development skills and even speech and langue communication. As humans, a big part of life is having engagement from people all the time, and learning these skills starts at a young age. Being parents there are a number of ways we can help our children build relationships and make friends. 


Attending Baby Classes

Starting early by attending baby classes with our children, not only helps us bond more with them but also allows them to see and interact with other children around us. We often forget that babies like to explore and being around other children, even if they are lying next to them on the baby mat, kicking a toy together is them communicating. They are starting to become aware of others around them and use their skills and "cooing" noise to engage with each other. It also allows us as mums to be able to meet people who have children the same age as this, this can be ideal for the development of the children. 


Meeting Other Parents

Meeting other parents at parent classes not only helps us as parents build a friendship, and also hopefully someone you can communicate with outside of class, but also someone you can spend time with the children with, and allow them to build a healthy relationship. This can also help with babysitting. If you're in the position to leave your child on set days for "play dates" while you attend a work meeting, or some quality time for yourself then this is fantastic. As the children are able to bond together and they are both always learning new skills from one another, building a friendship themselves and also learning speech and language from one another. 

Help Your Child Make Friends By Attending Nursery or School

Allowing children to attend nursery for a few hours a week and then go on to school not only gives them the tools in order to do well in life. It allows them to be around a number of children, this allows them to learn a number of skills from other children, who are from a range of backgrounds. As we all know every person is different and has different ability and views and allowing a child to develop their own set of skills and ability is important. Allowing the chance to do this in a nursery and later on through school is important. They will learn to become individual and learn about the world around them, especially if there are children with different religious beliefs from the ones they are used to. Children may sometimes struggle with making new friends and feel out of place, which means it's important for adult supervision to help support this and make it easier for children. Its also important to remember that children fall out all the time over the silliest reasons from not liking the same colour as the other child, to not wanting to play the game that the other children wanted. It's important to still take your child's views into account but also not put pressure on them for "not" being friends with someone anymore ( unless it's a bullying/harassment issue, which should then be spoken to the provision there attending and try to resolve.) 

Attending Groups To Make Friends

You can help children make friends by allowing them to attend groups, this could be groups of interests they are interested in at school, or it could be something like the girl guides, theatre or dancing club. If your child has a hobby then you can allow them to build the skills in that area and also make friends with people with the same hobbies as them. There does not need to be costs involved with some clubs as some run for free especially if you are on a low income, or the school maybe able to help out. There are also organizations that allow you to attend for free. If you interested in horse ridding there are places that allow you to ride and have lessons if you help with the horses, so never be afraid to ask what is available. 


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