Helping children to have healthy friendships is one of the best life skills you can ever teach.
I believe that if you learn young about healthy relationships; how to forge them, nurture them and get them through tricky times you will have a better chance when you are older of making good choices about life partners, colleagues and friends.
Relationships affect our well-being in the most profound way and this is the same if you are 6 or of you are 60.
We all need good friends.
We help children learn to brush their teeth, dress, say please and thank you and a whole myriad of life skills. But we don’t teach them much about friendships do we..not really?
I realised as a mum that the most important bit of school for my kids was playtime. The one thing that could make them sadder and more perplexed than anything else was friendships. I also realised good friendships helped them grow and made their hearts sing with joy. They have a huge impact.
As parents and educators we don’t always address what matters most including the often tricky subject of friendships. It is an important topic to consider, talk about, and really think about and we need to be engaging with our kids about their feelings and skills in this area.
I am delighted to tell you have just made some conversation cards to encourage those important discussions with our children about friendship. These cards are intended to be used in classrooms, in therapy sessions, or even round the dinner table. Each pack contains 48 question cards to prompt discussions. They also contain a selection of instruction cards to guide their use and show how they can be adapted to different ages of children and levels of understanding.
The questions are split into 4 colour coded sections.
- Thinking about friendships you have right now
- How to make friends
- How to be a good friend
- How to manage friendships difficulties
Oh couldn’t we all do with being better in there areas!
Sometimes to get children telling us what is going on for them we just need to get the conversations started. The questions on these cards should prompt some important conversations that could make all the difference to your children’s life, now and their future choices.
Let’s get talking…
My Healthy Friendships cards are available from Amazon, priced at £12