25 Best Reasons Why Childhood Friendship is Important

Do you ever ask yourself why childhood friendship is important?

Childhood Friendship is Important

Why is child friendship important?

Childhood friendships play a crucial role in a person’s development and overall well-being. Here are 25 reasons why childhood friendships matter:

  1. Social development: Interacting with peers helps children learn important social skills like communication, empathy, and cooperation.
  2. Emotional support: Childhood friends provide a safe space to share feelings and emotions, fostering emotional intelligence.
  3. Building trust: Early friendships teach kids how to trust and be trusted, forming the foundation for future relationships.
  4. Self-confidence: Having friends who accept and value them boosts children’s self-esteem.
  5. Conflict resolution: Learning to resolve conflicts within friendships prepares kids for handling disagreements in other aspects of life.
  6. Sharing experiences: Friends create memories together, enhancing the richness of their childhood.
  7. Positive influence: Surrounding oneself with positive peers can encourage good behavior and healthy habits.
  8. Coping skills: Friends can provide comfort and support during challenging times, teaching resilience.
  9. Sense of belonging: A close-knit group of friends provides a sense of belonging and community.
  10. Diversity appreciation: Friends from diverse backgrounds expose children to different perspectives and cultures.
  11. Academic support: Collaborating with friends on schoolwork can lead to better learning outcomes.
  12. Creativity boost: Imaginative play with friends enhances creativity and problem-solving skills.
  13. Laughter and joy: Childhood friends often lead to moments of pure happiness and laughter.
  14. Play and exploration: Friends encourage adventurous play and exploration, fostering curiosity.
  15. Stress reduction: Spending time with friends helps alleviate stress and anxiety.
  16. Physical activity: Active play with friends promotes physical health and well-being.
  17. Social norms: Through friendships, kids learn about societal norms and appropriate behavior.
  18. Communication skills: Interacting with friends helps children develop effective communication skills.
  19. Empathy development: Understanding and supporting friends’ feelings leads to improved empathy.
  20. Lifelong memories: Childhood friends often share lasting memories that can be cherished for a lifetime.
  21. Mutual growth: Friends learn from one another and grow together emotionally and intellectually.
  22. Long-term support: Childhood friends can become a stable support system throughout life.
  23. Exploration of identity: Friendships allow children to experiment with their personalities and interests.
  24. Reduced loneliness: Having friends helps combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Loneliness impacts health in a major way.
  25. Life lessons: Early friendships teach valuable life lessons that extend into adulthood.

In summary, childhood friendships are not only fun and enjoyable but also crucial for a child’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. These relationships provide support, understanding, and opportunities for growth that impact a person well beyond their childhood years.


Why is child friendship important? 

How to help your child make friends

If your child is struggling with their friendships do take a look at my book Create Your Own Confidence. It contains lots of tips and tools for 6-12 year olds to help them in all their relationships with a special focus on friendships.


Here is a little extract from my book on making friends… I hope you find it useful

Making friends

‘In the cookie of life friends are the chocolate chips.’ – Unknown

Friendships are lovely – having friends means having someone to support you, cheer you on, tell your secrets too, stick up for you, have fun with, play sports with, help you out and tell you  daft jokes. Good friends are fantastic. 

Do you find it easy to make new friends or is this something you find tricky?


Did you know…

Creating close friendships can take some time. A recent study at the the University of Kansas found that it takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from  just being someone you know to casual friend, azother 40 hours for someone to become a “real” friend, and a total of 200 hours of hanging out together for someone to become a close friend.

Creating a great friendship takes time and effort!

Knowing how to be friendly and having the confidence to make friends will make it much easier to get along with others, If you aren’t sure where to start here are some ideas:

  • Learn a joke – a joke is always a great icebreaker 
  • ‘Why was the maths book sad? Because it had too many problems.’
  • Ask great questions – everyone LOVES to talk about themselves ‘Do you have any pets? Are you going on holiday? What do you like watching on TV?’
  • Smile – people almost always smile back 
  • Suggest a game, start a game or join in a game … play is a great way to make new friends
  • Be complementary and kind – it makes other people happy and shows you in your best light
  • Think of the friendliest person you know – how do they show their friendliness, be inspired!

Friendship making activity idea

 Be the friend you want to have – write a list of 5 things you want in a friend and then commit to being those 5 things yourself. 

If you are confident that you have all the qualities of a good friend yourself  you will know for sure that people will enjoy your friendship.

You’ll be able to confidently say to yourself . I am an amazing friend of course people will like me… and they will.

Take a look here to find out more ways to help a child make new friends


Buy the book

I hope you found that useful. My book can be purchased here and contains 40 confidence boosting activities for kids.


Quotes and sayings about childhood friends

Words are always inspiring so if you are looking for some great captions or quotes around childhood friends do check out my article here and if it is your childhood friends birthday I have some lovely suggestions for things you could say!


Childhood Friendship is Important – final thoughts

My childhood pals are stiull a huge part of my life and I encourage my kids to seek out friends who feel like sunshine. Do these friendships still matter to you?


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