8 Tips for Helping Your Child Resolve Conflict and Be A Good Friend

Helping children learn strategies for conflict resolution

This post is sponsored by Hasbro My Little Pony. As much as we try to avoid it, conflict is a normal part of life. Helping children learn to manage conflict effectively will also help them to experience more fulfilling friendships and enjoy better social experiences, both at school and outside of … [Read more...]

How Can I Help My Child Develop Social Confidence?

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The following question was recently received from a Childhood 101 reader and Mum of two: I was wondering how parents can encourage social and emotional independence in early childhood? I take both my boys to activities such as Music and Swimming and I have noticed that both do not like to get … [Read more...]

No One Will Play With Me: Helping Your Child Make Friends


This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. My usually bright, feisty, full of life, three year old boy was sullen, withdrawn and sad and it took me the better part of a week to figure out why he suddenly didn't want to go to preschool any more. "No one will play with me" he … [Read more...]

Friendship: Helping Children Learn to Be Inclusive

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At a very young age children begin to notice difference. I remember one time when Immy was about 18 months old and we were walking through a shopping centre and she stopped and stared as a very tall man of (I believe) African descent. I think she stopped as she had never before seen a person with … [Read more...]

Friendship: Revisiting a Bully Free Zone


I thought Friendship Month would be a good time to revisit the series of posts on bullying from early last year. Contributed by guest poster, Amanda Gray of Learn2 Be Buddies, the series focused on what we can do as parents and educators to stop bullying in its tracks before it even begins through … [Read more...]

Friendship: Developing Sharing Behaviour


Consider the following two sharing scenarios; 1. A child is playing with a toy. Another child sees and wants the toy too. An adult intervenes, saying to the first child, "Billy, you can have a turn for two minutes and then we will let Abbie have a turn." The adults waits with the children and … [Read more...]

Friendship: Children Developing Empathy

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May is Friendship month at Childhood 101. You will see a range of posts by both myself and the regular contributors about friendship as it applies to our children and our own experiences as Mums. Today I would like to begin a short series about children's social development with a post about … [Read more...]

Little Collections of a Different Kind

I have previously shared about the walks Immy and I take around our block most days and the little collections she makes along the way. Recently we made a little collection of a different kind, we'll call it a 'community building' collection! We started out, rounded the first corner and came … [Read more...]