The Importance of Friendship Development in the Preschool Years

July 5th, 2016 watchmegrowdaycarecenter

FriendshipFriendship is something many music artists have sung songs about, from the fabulous Bette Midler in 1972 to Randy Newman in 1995 and then some. If you listen to songs about friendship, you’ll notice how singers emphasize phrases like “but you’ve got to have friends, the feeling’s oh so strong” and “friends are friends forever.”

Watch Me Grow Daycare Center believes that it’s vitally important for children to form friendships during their preschool years. Friendships are imperative for children’s healthy development in life. Research has shown that children who don’t make friends at a young age often suffer with emotional and mental problems later in life.

When children are in preschool what do they want to do most? If you said “play” you’re right. While a person can play alone, it’s much more fun to have others around to play with, right? Interacting with friends helps children develop their social skills. All sorts of good things happen among friends, including communication, cooperation and problem solving. In addition, with friends, children learn to control their emotions and figure out what empathy means. Together, children can overcome challenges– each one can and does contribute to their greater good and a lot of negotiation takes place. These situations, which may seem like no big deal to grown-ups, never-the-less set the stage for these little humans’ social skills– and life skills–well into old age!

In life, no matter what age, we all need friends. It’s a good thing to make friends at an early age, preparing for the many more friends to be made down the line.

At Watch Me Grow Daycare Center, we love to see the children under our watch develop friendships. If you would like to learn more about our programs, contact us today.

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