“She Can’t Play With Us!” and Other Tricky Friendship Moments

Learn strategies and scripts to help your child manage tricky peer situations.

27 Min

Unpopular opinion: It’s okay for our kids to like some kids better than others. After all, we want them to grow up into adults who can build meaningful relationships, which requires recognizing why they connect with certain people over others! Of course, we also want them to be kind, inclusive people. So, what’s a parent’s role in helping kids navigate tricky social situations? In this week’s episode, Dr. Becky talks to three parents about challenging peer dynamics—from leaving someone out on the playground to disliking a family friend’s daughter. She explains why curiosity is the most valuable social skill, and shares practical strategies on how to model it. Remember: We want to teach our kids how to think, not what to think.

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