Importance of Friendships

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Katie Holland November 9, 2011 Psychology The Importance of Friendships Katie Holland Psychology Importance of Friendships Picture this, a young boy sitting alone at a playground admiring his peers from across the school yard enjoying a game of hide and seek, that he was not invited to. Now shift your attention to the other set of children who are engaging in a rigorous game of hide and seek, all laughing and playing with one another. Which side would you want to be on? How do you get to that side? And how do you avoid being placed on the wrong end? Is it something you’re born with? Or is it easily controlled? Ten years from now where will those groups of smiling young children be in comparison to the lonely boy on the side of…show more content…
Children who have friends, or at least one good friend, excel in most things. Partly because that is another person they have to turn to. No one wants to tell someone they have done badly in school or on something else in life. The more people a person, or child, has to answer to, the more likely they are to strive for excellence in everything that they do. Friendships are important at any and every age. Adults need friends to rely on for support with life’s struggles. Teens need friends to rely on for support in their ever-changing lives. Children need friends to rely on support with their day-to-day activities, and someone to simply “play with” (Corletto). Whatever the role they play, friendships are a vital part of life. Much like food, water, and shelter. Citations Corletto, R. (2011, October 2). Personal Interview. "Helping Your Child Make Friends - FamilyEducation.com." Family Life, Child Development, Nutrition, Teen Health & School Safety - FamilyEducation.com. Pearson Education. Web. 2 Nov. 2011. <http://life.familyeducation.com/social-interaction/friendships/53535.html>. Palmen, H., Vermande, M. M., Deković, M., & van Aken, M. G. (2011). Competence, Problem Behavior, and the Effects of Having No Friends, Aggressive Friends, or Nonaggressive Friends. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 57(2), 186-213. "The Importance of Friends | Scholastic.com." Scholastic | Children 's Books and

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