Building Strong Childhood Friendships

Your child’s education isn’t totally about academics. As he or she heads back to school on Long Island, your child will also become more emotionally and socially intelligent. Learning how to manage and nurture friendships in pre-kindergarten programs directly influences how well your child will interact with others throughout his or her life. It’s inevitable that your child will argue with fellow students occasionally. Watch this video to learn how you can help your child solve conflicts peacefully and build strong relationships.

This early childhood development expert reminds parents that children may not interpret nonverbal conversation cues correctly. Teach your child how to understand body language and facial expressions. Give your child some pointers on what to say when reaching out to an upset friend. And, perhaps most importantly, teach your child that being right isn’t always “right.” Graciously and diplomatically accepting another person’s perspective is far more meaningful than winning an argument.