Fox on Family. A big part of growing up is learning how to make-and keep-friends and that can be challenging: "Some kid may have trouble reaching out, because they're kind of shy. Another kid may not be so good at picking up on signals when other kids find them annoying and someone else might have trouble maybe forgiving a friend."
But psychologist and mother-of-four, Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore says be careful about intervening, especially in a friend feud. Today's blowup can blow over tomorrow: "We gotta walk next to the roller coaster not on it."
To figure out if your child needs help making friends, ask a question: "Does your child have someone to sit with and chat with at lunch; someone who your child likes who likes them back?"
She says a lot of friends isn't necessary, but having someone is important, part of a child's sense of identity and it can help them be more engaged in school, cope with family stress and be happier in general. So she urges parents to make friendship a priority. Tips next week on how to help.
With Fox on Family, I'm Lisa Brady.