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 Nashville (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 Nashville 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!
Their Early Explorers exhibits allow toddlers to journey through the ASC before it’s time to open to the public. They can see a special preschool planetarium show and attend story time too!
Right outside of Nashville is the Discovery Center that offers the SPARK (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program for ages 1 to 6. This is a wonderful way for children to learn with each other. The Discovery Center even offers a Parents’ Night Out for those that may need a little breather.
LIS’s Pre Rec classes teach tumbling, vault jumping and how to balance on the balance beam. This builds muscle, basic motor skills, and hand-eye coordination, while allowing them to socialize with others their own age.
Not only is there a petting zoo and pony rides, but there’s an area specifically for your kid called Toddler Town. Toddler Town and Lucky Ladd’s educational exhibits help your little ones explore new things with others!
Toddlers ages 2 and under have their own place to climb and slide in a soft tumbling area with age-appropriate activities. The full area has a town village, home living area, reading lounge and art studio for their imaginations to run wild with others their age!
The Preschool Open Jump allows your growing babes to interact with others on giant, soft, fun-filled inflatables, which evolves both social development and physical fitness.