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Resources to Help Kids Thrive

This newsletter contains a weekly update of content from featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

Helping Kids Make Friends

January 16, 2024

Making friends is one of the more challenging — and more rewarding — parts of growing up. Kids’ friendships can be volatile because they are still figuring out who they are, but learning how to navigate them with confidence and compassion builds skills that last a lifetime. As a parent, it can be painful to see your kid be lonely or feel left out, but encouraging and fostering these skills can help them connect.

This week, we’re rounding up resources on making and maintaining healthy friendships — whether you have a preschooler who is reluctant to play with other children or a military kid trying to make new friends after a big move. We explore how to tell when children might have a social anxiety disorder, or just need a little help putting themselves out there. We also have tips on helping kids deal with conflict because knowing how to handle anger and hurt feelings makes for better bonds. As kids get older, they are likely to turn to good friends when they’re struggling. So, we also have tips for teens on how to support a friend who opens up about their mental health challenges.

– Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 

Related Resources

Kids Who Need a Little Help to Make Friends

What parents can do when kids struggle with social skills.


Helping Young Children Nervous in Social Situations

Tips for helping reluctant children join in play and group activities.


Teaching Kids How to Deal With Conflict

Tips for building lifelong skills.


Advice for Moving With Children

How to make a stressful time easier.


What Is Social Anxiety?

When fear of how you appear gets in the way of functioning.


How to Support a Friend With Mental Health Challenges

While still taking care of yourself.


Why Kids Might Be Lonely, and How to Help

What parents can say to kids who are struggling socially and how they can help.


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