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
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