Teaching Kids to Be a Good Friend through Role Plays

One of the best ways for us to learn is to practice. One way to do this is through role-plays. Whether you pretend to be different characters or use dolls/action figures, this can help your kids try out different friendship scenarios that may be challenging to navigate in real life. Work together to come up with different scenarios and solutions and talk about what you learned! This can help teach kids important skills like compromise and conflict resolution!

Some example scenarios include:

  • A friend is sad because they got a bad grade.
  • Someone is using a toy you want to play with and won’t take turns.
  • You and your friend can’t agree on what game to play or what movie to watch.
  • A friend at school is teasing you.

Teaching Kids To Be a Good Friend: Learn about Friendship through Media

Another great way to teach kids about being a good friend is to watch TV shows/movies and read books about friendship. This can help them see different scenarios, teaching them the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships. After watching the movies/shows or reading the book, encourage a dialogue with your kids about what they noticed about the friendships. Were they healthy or unhealthy and why? How did characters show qualities of a good friend? What could they have done differently? How can they apply what they learned in their own friendships? 

Teaching Kids to Be a Good Friend: Talk About the Qualities of a Good Friend

It’s important to talk to your kids about the characteristics that make a good friend. Not only will this help them shape their behavior and treat others well, but it will also help them understand what to look for in a friend, as they build relationships with others. 

Start by asking them what they think makes a good friend. This will create an open and collaborative conversation and creates an opportunity for you to learn from your child, as well!

Once you’ve talked about what your child already knows, take some time to talk to them about characteristics that they didn’t cover or go into more detail on important topics. Some characteristics to cover in your conversation include:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Honesty
  • Openness
  • Respecting one another’s feelings and boundaries
  • How to handle disagreements/arguments
  • Spending quality time with friends
  • Respecting one another’s alone time
  • Helping a friend when they’re feeling sad/upset

Teaching Kids to Be Good Friends: Lead By Example

Being a good friend is an important life skill, but it’s one that we have to learn. As adults and parents, it’s important for us to teach kids how to be a good friend. How exactly do we do that? Well, one of the best ways is to lead by example. Kids are extremely perceptive and pick up on adults’ behavior, so it’s crucial to treat your friends and family members with kindness and respect. It’s also important to model conflict resolution and disagreements in a healthy way. This will help kids learn how to treat others and be a good friend, helping them build the skills necessary to have healthy friendships throughout life!

Stay tuned throughout the rest of this week for more tips on teaching kids how to be a good friend!

A Father’s Role

The role of a father is an important one. Fathers help children grow and develop into happy, healthy, and successful adults. They help to build the foundation for emotional well-being in their children’s lives, and they play a critical part in children’s social and emotional development. When father’s show love and affection and teach their kids how to express emotions in a healthy way, they help them build a strong sense of identity, improve their self-esteem, and teach them valuable communication skills for future relationships. A positive father-child relationship also leads to increased self-confidence and self-acceptance, as children receive emotional support and reinforcement for their fathers. 

Father’s are so important and deserve to be celebrated not only today, but everyday! Let your father know you love and appreciate them this Father’s Day! 

Tips for Celebrating Father’s Day during COVID-19

Father’s Day is a special time to let the dads in your life know that they are loved and valued. However, sometimes it’s hard to know the best way to celebrate them. We’ve come up with some tips to help you brainstorm Father’s Day celebration ideas for this weekend, keeping in mind that things may look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. 

Make your dad the center of attention for the day.

Because Father’s Day is all about celebrating and focusing on the important role that fathers play in our lives, let dad tell you know he would like to be recognized. Ask him how he would like to spend the day and help make it a reality. Maybe this looks like going on a hike, watching his favorite movie, and eating his favorite dessert. Letting your dad have the spotlight for the day can be a great way to help him feel celebrated and loved!

Plan Father’s Day movie night.

Another great Father’s Day celebration idea is to plan a family movie night and let dad pick the movie. Make some fun movie-themed snacks to go along with the night!

Cook dad’s favorite meal.

This Father’s Day, cook your dad’s favorite meal! Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a nice dinner, or a delicious dessert, this is a great way to show dad your appreciation!

For partners – Work together with your kids to create a memory book.

Ask your kids to think of their favorite memories with dad and work together to represent them using words, photos, and drawings. Then, put them together into a memory book. This can look like a scrapbook or virtual photo book. Get creative with it and have fun!