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13 Mom-Tested Tips to Help Your Child Make Friends

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We all know what a rollercoaster ride kids’ friendships can be. So we asked some Highlights moms to share their tips on how they’ve counseled their kids when it comes to making and keeping friends.
Tips to Help Your Child Make Friends
How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

1. To make a friend, be a friend. Be the kind of friend you would like to have, and people will naturally want to spend time with you. — A. Holtom

2. Compliment someone and you’ll probably make a friend., Be kind and outgoing! — K.Morris

3. Find the kid who is sitting alone during lunch and go sit with him or her. — L. Hahn

4. Don't be afraid to just say hello. — C. Murphy

5.  Be yourself. — L.A. Hall

6.  Play with whoever is being friendly. — C. Carvell

7. Some kids are very shy so it takes time. Act nice. Treat others the way you want to be treated. — C. Blundell

8. Look for common interests; offer to help; ask a question about the other person; invite someone over to play; join a team or a club; smile and be friendly. — M. NotGiven

9. Just be a good person and good people will be attracted to you. — K. Maynor

10. Always be kind, always be yourself and not what you think the other person expects you to be. — K. Barnett

11. When approaching people, take the first step. It's very hard, but just try. — K. Mahnke

12. Listen to the other person more than talking yourself . Give your friend time to share her or his life with you as much as you like to share your life with her or him. — K. M. Emerson

13. Don't be scared … Smile and say, “Hi, I'm so and so.” — S. Rapp

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