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Helping Children Make Friends

helping kids make friendsYoung children do not view friendship the way that older children and adults too but they are making important and meaningful connections with others. Making friends and figuring out how to be a friend is a challenging learning process for kids. February is Valentine month when love and friendship get extra attention. So that you have lots of time to sing before Valentines, here is a song that can help kids learn friend behaviors. (adapted from TheHolidayZone.com)

Be A Friend (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you want to be a friend, share a smile.
If you want to be a friend, share a smile.
If you want to be a friend, and make one too,
If you want to be a friend, share a smile.

If you want to be a friend, say hello.
If you want to be a friend, say hello.
If you want to be a friend, and make one too,
If you want to be a friend, say hello.

If you want to be a friend, you can help.
If you want to be a friend, you can help.
If you want to be a friend, and make one too,
If you want to be a friend, you can help.

If you want to be a friend, use kind words.
If you want to be a friend, use kind words.
If you want to be a friend, and make one too,
If you want to be a friend, use kind words.

how to be a friendYou can add other verses using words that are relevant to your child’s situation. Sometimes, it’s easier to use words of advice in a song than it is to use those same words to directly tell them, especially if the song gets stuck in their heads–and their hearts. How important is having friends to you and your child?

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