Believe it or not, kids needs friends not only for fun or play. They need friends in order to grow up as well-rounded individuals. In fact, many studies in the field of child psychology have proven this. Here are some truths which have been derived from these studies.
1) Creating friendships develops life skills that will increase your child’s wisdom, confidence and self-esteem.
2) Children will learn the meaning of true friendship. They will learn that a good friend will have their best interests at heart and have their back. Someone who is not your friend will not have these qualities.
3) They will learn how to deal with conflict and adversity. Conflict does arise among friends and as parents you will find perfect opportunities to teach your children how to navigate through conflict.
4) They will have peers to communicate their concerns, dreams and fears which will make them feel less alone and isolated.
5) When they become older, they will have childhood memories to fall back on- remembering how joyful it was like to hang out with friends.
6) If you as parents sharply curtail your children’s use of video games, texting and other electronics; children playing together will learn to create interesting, collaborative activities.
7) The children will get a sense of building their own community when they establish new friendships.
8) The opportunity to develop leadership skills increases as children play with other children.
9) The ability to make decisions is increased when children play with peers without micromanaging from adults.
10) The opportunity of playing freely with other children helps them develop their imagination which is important for a child’s development.
11) Playing with a several children will allow them to know how other families operate and they won’t feel shocked when faced with a family situation that is somewhat different from their own.