Robert Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., former Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Science, University of Missouri
Friends are important to children. They make life more interesting and fun. They are playmates, and they help children feel that they belong. Children who have friends are less lonely and depressed. They are also more likely to feel confident and good about themselves. In long-range terms, we know that when kids have good friendships, they will probably do well in school and grow up to be well-adjusted adults. For these reasons, it is important for adults to help children learn to be good friends and to have good friends.
To learn more about how friendships between children develop, and to learn which skills will help them make and be a good friend, see the full article athttp://missourifamilies.org/features/parentingarticles/parenting105.htm