Parents and carers want their children to be happy and have friends, however friendship issues are a normal part of childhood. When arguments happen, it can be upsetting and it is sometimes hard to know how to help. Watch the video for advice about supporting your child in their friendships and develop your listening skills and vocabulary as you complete the activities.

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Friendship worries

I've fallen out a few times because sometimes no one agrees on the game.

Attack!

This hurt my neck.

Well, I think when you're growing up, friendship bust-ups do happen and they are quite frequent.

Strange how they can be best friends one day and then come home from school and, you know, say, "So-and-so has hit me today, we're not friends anymore. He's not inviting me to his birthday party."

Children do fall out. There's no doubt about it. In this young age range, parents worry an awful lot about their child's friendships. You want your child to be popular. You want them to have a circle of friends. But, you know, you have to remember, children have a best friend one day because they've got interests in common, but the next day, they might move on to somebody else and it's nothing to really worry about. And they do have fallings out times; there's going to be no question about that.

All the girls in the class are my friends and a few of the boys.

My friends are important to me because they care for me and I care for them back.

I think children vary enormously in how many friends they need. You know, you get a very outgoing child who is friends with a whole class and then you get a child who has only one or two friends, but that's okay, if that child is happy with it. If they're saying to you, "I'm not happy, this person's mean to me," or "I've got no friends," that's different: if the child's worried and they feel that they're having difficulty, then you may want to help with that.

How can you help your child with friendships?

I think it's important for children to realise that it's never the end of the world if they lose a friend; there's always another opportunity to make another new friend, or even to get back with that friend, but, you know, to understand that that's what happens and it's not the end of the world, I think is important.

Talk to your child about the ups and downs of friendships.

Sometimes I talk to my mum about it, but sometimes I don't because my mum might say, "Stay away from your friends," and I don't want to do that.

It's important that I can talk to my mum and dad because then I feel like I'm not by myself and someone's there for me.

Children do fall out.

The number of friends children needs varies.

Arrange play days.

Family Lives is a charity which aims to support families living in the UK. You can read the full article on their website: http://www.familylives.org.uk.

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Family Lives is a charity which aims to support families living in the UK. You can visit their website here http://www.familylives.org.uk.