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Two of the most important influences in your child's life are family and friends. As a parent it is your responsibility to instill strong family values and guidance in helping your children build healthy friendships. Family values may be based solely on ethics or also on religious values. In either case, it is important for child development as well as rational and moral decision making. Friends and friendships are vital to children's healthy development. Although friendship building skills are normally a natural process, some kids need guidance.

A strong family possesses good family values. A strong family is one that loves, sustains, supports, educates and nourishes the members throughout the span of that family. Teaching family values creates a foundation which allows your kids to make healthy choices throughout their lives. Some parents discuss values such as integrity, honesty, respect, caring, and forgiveness. Teaching family values requires that you become a role model to your children as well as an educator.

When children are very young, parents usually choose your child's friends for them by setting up play days. Kids usually believe a friend is another child he or she is playing with at the moment. As they become older they begin to become aware that other children might think differently than they do. Then a friend becomes someone who does things that please them. At about 6 years old, kids begin to understand the reciprocal nature of friendship. Every child is different, but there does seem to be a process in learning how to be a friend. Parents need to understand the processes children take in building healthy friendships and pass it on to their children.

Friendships provide children with more than just fun playmates. Friendships help children develop emotionally. Friendships and relationships help build social skills such as communication, cooperation, and problem solving. They help children discuss a problem, handle difference in opinion and compromise. It is also important for your child's self-confidence and their ability to deal with other people. In a nutshell, having friends help lay a framework of which their entire lives will be based on.

Some of our educational books and videos address the fundamentals of family values and friendships while others deal with more advanced problems and offer solutions. Our Family and Friendships Resources Store has lots of books and videos here to for your child to learn family values and make healthy friendships!

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