Cultivate Social Skills


by Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM

An old adage advised: Remember, child, and bear in mind / that a faithful friend is hard to find.


An old adage advised: Remember, child, and bear in mind / that a faithful friend is hard to find. So when you’ve found one just and true / don’t change the old one for the new.”

Since having friends and being accepted is a core life-issue, teach children the value of another maxim: “To have a friend you must be a friend.” Being a friend means actively taking time to learn what interests another, to express support, and to ask questions that focus on the other person. Friendship is more about giving than getting and more about becoming a good listener and encourager than receiving attention.

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