Having opportunities to meet new people and socialise with their peers is important in helping your child make friends. Once your child has made friends, it is also important to support your child to understand how to keep them. You have an important role to help your child practice the skills they need to make and keep friends. You can also model good behaviour through your interactions with your friends. For more information on how to teach your child what a friend is, go to Making Friends.
Remember that the number of friends that your child has is not important. One good friend will make a big difference to your child’s self-esteem and social skills.