Magazine article Work & Family Life

Helping Children Make and Keep Friends

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Helping Children Make and Keep Friends

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Helping children make and keep friends

Friendships and peer relationships are more significant in children's lives than we ever thought, says Michelle Borba Ed.D. , author of the new book, Nobody Likes Me, Everyone Hates Me. Dr. Borba is the author of 20 books, including Building Moral Intelligence and Don't Give Me That Attitude.

The title of this book, however, is somewhat misleading because the author writes about much more than handling problems such as teasing, bullying and rejection.

She also covers everyday issues that come up with children from 4 to 15 such as friction between siblings, being the new child in the class or on the block, tiffs and breakups between friends.

It is Dr. Borbas's point of view that the friendship skills all children need in order to thrive socially can be taught. These include how to use eye contact, take turns, compromise, meet new children, defuse teasing and solve conflicts peacefully.

For each friendship "issue" Dr. …

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