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Make friendships a family priority.

What you can do

Help your child’s friendships take hold by providing repeated opportunities for the children to be with each other. This often involves a family commitment. It could be as simple as inviting a friend to tag along on a weekend run to the mall, to eat Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house or to hang out and watch the big game.

Keep in mind that kids with learning and attention issues benefit from having short, well-defined playdates. This way they don’t have to manage the entire event themselves.

What you can say

“Sofia, we’re going to the mall this afternoon to do some holiday shopping. Why don’t you ask Crystal to come along? The two of you can look around while we shop. Then we can get a quick bite to eat in the food court before we head home.”

Why this will help

Including your child’s friends in family activities can help set the stage for a long-standing, positive relationship. Getting the friend to feel comfortable with your family will make it easier for your child to maintain friendships.

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