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Friends, Fitting In & all that stuff – Kids’ Guide
Friends, fitting in & all that stuff – yes, it’s what every child wants and what every parent wants for their child. Friends and friendships are complex and can bring great happiness and joy – and sometimes great sadness and stress. Knowing how to make and keep friends, how to get included – what helps and what doesn’t is valuable, scratch that, ESSENTIAL learning for every child. The Kids’ Guide uses stories and age appropriate language to take children on a learning journey through making and managing friends and friendships and fitting in. It teaches practical TOOLS – skills that every child needs to learn about healthy, well-boundaried and flourishing relationships.
The Guide helps children to understand that friendliness is a package of skills that they need to unwrap to be successful and happy out there in the playground. Add to this a whole bunch of tried and tested TOOLS for getting into games, dealing with refusals to play and fixing the inevitable Flare Ups that accompany any friendship. Spark, Flame or Fire? Children will know how to assess their Friendship Flare Ups and put them out.
Friends, Fitting In & all that stuff – Parents’ Guide
Friends, fitting in and all that stuff is important – and often all consuming in the life of a child. Children’s friendships are richly rewarding – but can also be complex and messy. From the early years, children are laying down skills on which they will, one day, base their adult relationships. So we really want our children to get these skills right. Making, having and keeping friends is an essential life skill – and so is fitting in. Every parent will, at some point, have to help their child to navigate friendship issues, help their child to learn the skills to fit in – and even as adults, we know that this can be difficult.
The Parents’ Guide is an easy to read and very practical self-help book that helps parents to explore the joys and complexities children’s friendships and social inclusion. It explores how to help children into healthy patterns of managing friendships – with focused attention on girls’ friendships and boys’ friendships as well as the overwhelming world of online friendships. The Parents’ Guide helps parents to understand that friendliness is a package of skills – that need to be unwrapped for children to be successful and happy out there in the Playground. And then there’s a whole range of TOOLS for getting into games, dealing with refusals to play and fixing the inevitable Flare Ups that accompany any friendship. Spark, Flame or Fire? Parents will be able to help their children scale Friendship Flare Ups and put them out.