Teaching your children how to be good friends starts with you — their parent or guardian. At an early age, kids look up to their closest caregivers as role models. They closely watch how you interact with family, friends and coworkers, and in turn, mimic your actions. To further prepare them, explain how to be a good friend — maybe even read some books that display positive relationships like the classic Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel.
Positive friendships are extremely important and benefit health, behavior and communication. It’s important for children to experience other relationships outside of your family and neighborhood. These relationships can be found at The Gardner School or by participating in community activities around Cincinnati (or both, if you’re a real overachiever)!
Read how building relationships at an early age begins in preschool here. There are great opportunities in Cincinnati to help kids discover and master new activities and knowledge while practicing making friends. It’s important these life skills be developed at an early age, so it comes naturally as they grow older. Below are a few options (but not all) for new adventures you and your little ones can go on!
With gymnastics classes offered to children starting at 18 months, it’s easy to find a way to release their energy and meet other active children! Classes focus on flexibility, strength and coordination. However, you can also bring them to the recreation time for creative play!
Just as they state, it truly is a place for families. They offer interactive classes for both little ones and their parents. This is a smart foundation for playful learning in a safe environment with adults. Even parents develop friendships here!
The museum’s Toddler Time offers fun adventures for similar age groups. They also offer Wee One Wednesdays, Little Learners, If Kids Ruled the World, and more programs geared towards group early childhood education.
Yoga both encourages self-esteem and compassion, while improving body awareness, flexibility, and strength. This studio offers kids’ yoga for little ones as early as 3. By providing ongoing classes to your little ones, they can develop mental and physical strength while they are introduced to others during a creative mix of music, stories, and yoga-based games.
Instructors teach everything from rules and skills to life lessons. It’s a perfect way for your children, ages 18 months to 9 years, to be a part of a non-competitive, engaging atmosphere.
Classes are for ages 18 months to 9 years! Having your child attend classes here will not only benefit language, literacy, emotional and social growth, but will allow them to easily make friends with similar interest. Little Birdsong even offers an introductory class for free.