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How can I teach my child the social skills necessary to make friends?

Michele Borba
Psychology
To teach your child friendship-making skills, start by focusing on one social skill your child lacks and coach the new friendship skill.

Your child must learn a new way to interact successfully with others. How you present the skill is critical as to whether or not the child will try it or learn it. So…

Find a private moment to model the new skill to your child.

Talk about why the skill is important, and then be sure your child can show you how to do the skill correctly.

It's helpful to go with your child to a public place such as a playground or school yard, so she can observe other kids actually using the skill. Seeing the skill in action helps your child copy it, so she can try it on her own.

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