Developing Friendships

Recently, I wrote about the importance of children having opportunities to build social relationships with their school friends outside of school. These outside interactions help the children form relationships with the peers they will be in school with for many years. Interactions only in a structured environment promote a different type of interaction as those outside of the school setting. Even meeting at a park or going somewhere together while convenient (and less challenging or messy!), does not promote the same type of interaction as playing together on children’s “own turf.” It is one thing to share communal toys; it is totally different to share your own things. Having sustained interaction with one child for a period of time (one to two hours is plenty) is quite different from playing at school where you can easily move on to another child or group that will accede to your wishes. Spending… [Read more]