“You’ve gotta a friend in me”
(Davey, age 6 singing a song)
When Davey shared his favorite song with me, I pictured him singing while sitting in the car with his friends. Davey told me that his parents had gone to a concert last night and that he was excited to, one day, go to his first concert.
He shared how he would take his best friend. So, rightfully so, we explored what makes a best friend and how is he a friend?
I find great value in teaching children through modeling. You can support your children to be friendly and make friends just by showing your friendships at home. Parents can tell stories about fun memories with friends, they can make friends a priority by having time with adult friends – movies, birthday celebrations, and even phone calls. Additionally, with your partner/spouse you can smile, make clear eye contact when each other are talking, and share open discussions of debate and curiousity in one anothers ideas in front of your children. You can also show children how to help one another, check in with one another, and make time.
Davey, felt he knew about friendship because every time he made a new friend he practiced what he saw his dad do; such as asking questions about his friends day. He saw his mother, laughing at her friends jokes, and he saw his parents making special time for one another which he always asked for with his friends, too.
How are you sharing your experience of friendship with your children, today? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families to help support the meaningful connection and needs expressed by each other! Email me at email@example.com or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.
Please Note: These stories are based on real moments but all names, ages, and identifying information has been changed to ensure confidentiality and safety for all individuals involved. The events are a composite of related scenarios used to illustrate the work; bringing understanding to the benefits of supporting children through a mind/body connection.