Learning to share, take turns, communicate, be comfortable and become friends with others are life-long skills. These take some time to learn! You can help your child practise learning these important skills by playing together, or setting up play dates with friends or family members, either in person or via FaceTime or WhatsApp.
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- All children are different! Some are livelier and more confident than others – don’t compare and don’t worry – you know your child best so give them the support and encouragement they need.
- Encourage and reassure your child to build their confidence as they start to make their own friends.
Children play in lots of different ways:
- Playing on their own
- Watching other children play
- Playing alongside others; doing the same activity but not joining in together
- Becoming more interested in what others are playing and starting to chat together
- Playing together, usually in a small group
Learning to play with others is important for children’s personal, social and emotional development. You can be a great playmate for your child. Just follow their interests!
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