Making a friend at a very young age is one of the most enriching experiences a child can have in their as yet short lifetime. It is the first significant connection a child will make with someone that isn't from their own family. Although it may seem obvious, making a friend means building a trusting relationship with someone outside of the family circle where the child takes their acceptance for granted. Having a friend means having confidence in oneself, and this can only be perceived in a positive light by parents.
Beyond whether or not you like the friend or the friend’s parents, the values connected to friendship are incredibly important for children's emotional development. Having confidence, feeling secure, keeping secrets and fostering the ability to share are key ingredients for emotional development, and children will acquire these aptitudes through making new friends.
In a globalised and interconnected society like the one we live in today, meeting people from anywhere in the world at the click of a mouse has no limits. Discovering different cultures and the learning process entailed by this discovery are within the reach of all children. The potential for making friends is as big as the world itself, and the values a child can learn are as important as motherly love.
Natàlia Perarnau, founder and creator of the Kids&Us method