4 Skills for Making Friends

By Lexi Walters Wright

To learn to read or do math, your child needs specific skills. The same goes for connecting with other kids and making friends. Here are four types of skills needed to make friends.

Starting Conversations

Social interaction requires talking to other people. Can your child think of appropriate topics to chat about that interest the other people in the conversation?

Interpreting Social Situations

Being able to size up a situation and the people in it is key to knowing how to act. Does your child know when to start or stop talking based on what’s happening in a social situation?

Interacting Positively

There’s a positive way to engage with people and a negative way. Is your child able to join a conversation without interrupting or saying something negative or hurtful?

Listening to Others

One of the basic social rules is to listen when someone else is speaking. Can your child maintain focus when others speak? Can your child understand what another person is saying from start to finish?

Do you want to know more about helping your child make friends? Learn how to help your child become more aware of social cues. Listen to an expert explain how to teach your child about personal space.

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    About the author

    About the author

    Lexi Walters Wright is the former Community Manager at Understood. As a writer and editor, she helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.

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    Reviewed by

    Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.