One of the biggest challenges for parents is to watch children struggle with their friendships. To see their hearts breaking immediately fires up all our protective instincts and causes our own past hurts to come flooding back.

So what friendship lessons do we need to teach children before these crisis points? What are the skills kids need in building and managing friendships? And what do adults need to know in order to best guide and support a child through the inevitable rough patches?

This discussion on ABC Perth radio program Focus was hosted by Nadia Mitsopoulos. The panel was educator and writer Linda Stade and psychologist Jane Carmignani.

Duration: 44min 27sec


Related Articles by Linda Stade:

How To Respond To Your Child’s Friendship Problems

What You Need To Know About Girls and Their Frenemies

5 Truths About Friendship That Will Save Your Kids A Lot Of Grief

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Linda Stade has worked in various teaching and management roles in education for twenty-five years. She has worked in government and private schools, country and city, single-sex and co-ed. Currently, she is the Research Officer at Santa Maria College, Western Australia.