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Is Your Child a Good Friend? Here’s How to Teach Them

Your job as a parent is to teach and guide your child through the world. This includes lessons on how they should interact with others in the world. For example, you want your child to know how to be a good friend to others. While most children are born with good natures, that doesn’t automatically equate to being a good friend. Children can also be selfish or have limited capacity to understand or empathize with others, hindering their friendships. Here is how you can teach your child to be a good friend!

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Is Your Child a Good Friend? Here’s How to Teach Them

1. To Be respectful

Teach your children to respect others, and to respect their differences, and other people’s beliefs. A good friend will always respect others.

2. Golden rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated

Teaching your kids to treat others as they would want to be treated themselves is an important component on being a good friend. On the other hand, they also need to recognize when a friend isn’t treating them kindly as they are treating that friend. One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated.

3. Be supportive

A good friend will be there in a time of need. Teach your children to support others and lift them up.

4. Be loyal

A good friend sticks by you even when no one else does. Teach your children the importance of being loyal to people in their lives.

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Is Your Child a Good Friend? Here’s How to Teach Them

5. Be thoughtful

The person who is always thinking of himself or concerned how everything will affect him is self-centred and won’t care for others or won’t have time to about others. Teach your children to be thoughtful of others.

6. Be honest

Honesty is one of the most important traits of a good friend. Before someone can trust you, they have to know that you are an honest person.

7. Have Self-esteem

If your children have confidence and self-esteem in themselves, they won’t be searching for others to fill an emotional void or emptiness within. As a parent, praise their successes, hard work, and best attributes on a regular basis. This will help set them up to be a good friend to others.

With these tips as your guide, you can teach your child to be a good friend. Remember also that the most important thing you can do is be a good example.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. These are great tips I remember my mother reminding me at times to Treat others as you would want to be treated and I also though that to my children.

  2. Always some good tips, to be selfless, and helpful to others- an important thing throughout life. It’s the key to being a good person to lean on

  3. Great ideas! Teaching a child the ability to empathize with others is so important. I remember my grandmother teaching me the Golden Rule when I was a child.


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