Friends Forever: How Parents Can Help Their Kids Make and Keep Good Friends

Friends Forever: How Parents Can Help Their Kids Make and Keep Good Friends

by Fred Frankel
     
 

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A systematic plan for parents to help their kids acquire and sustain friendships

Every parent hopes their child will develop healthy and happy friendships. However, most parents don't know what to do that will encourage their child to be a friend and attract friends. The author offers clear-cut friendship-making guidelines for parents and their children.

Overview

A systematic plan for parents to help their kids acquire and sustain friendships

Every parent hopes their child will develop healthy and happy friendships. However, most parents don't know what to do that will encourage their child to be a friend and attract friends. The author offers clear-cut friendship-making guidelines for parents and their children. Some of the book's recommendations include: don't over-schedule a child's time; guide children to participate in "friend-attracting" activities; seek out friends in the neighborhood.

  • The author includes methods for dealing with bullying and inappropriate friendships
  • Offers clear guidance for helping children become a good friend and attract lasting friendships for life
  • Shows how to teach kids the social and emotional intelligence skills they need to form friendships such as listening, empathy, compassion, recreational conversation
  • The book also includes techniques for teaching kids how to use MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter in positive ways that will foster friendships.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Originally published as Good Friends Are Hard To Find (1996), this update incorporates new research from the UCLA Children's Friendship Program. One-on-one playdates remain the gold standard of building friendships; Frankel argues that children need friends as much as food and exercise. Parents with children struggling to make friends will find this helpful but also unrealistic. School gets out at 2:30, and this leaves parents with after-school playdate opportunities five days per week. Some will also likely disagree that artistic pursuits not leading to playdates should be dropped. These quibbles aside, Frankel covers the right bases without encouraging lurking or micromanaging, from finding playmates when you are new to a community to developing interests that attract friends. Recommended. —"Parenting Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470640760
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
697,845
File size:
903 KB

Meet the Author

Fred Frankel, Ph.D., is a professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the director of the UCLA Parent Training and Children's Friendship Programs. A coauthor of UCLA's acclaimed PEERS social skills training program and the coauthor of Social Skills Success for Students with Autism/Asperger's: Helping Adolescents onthe Spectrum Fit In, he speaks regularly on the topic of autism and social skills to professionals and parents alike. More information is available at http://www.semel.ucla.edu/socialskills.

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