Peer relationships can be so powerful for kids. My 3 year-old constantly tells me about the things his "preschool friends" (as he calls them) do and say. I know that this is only the beginning of the many positive and negative peer interactions he will have throughout his childhood; friendship, play, conflict, and rejection will be a part of his daily life.
"We can explain, as many parents would, that the reasons they might be excluded will have absolutely nothing to do with them, but kids are curious and clever and their beautifully open minds are looking to understand the world as much as they can. The question then is likely to become, ‘well if they aren’t rejecting me because of me, why are they rejecting me?’"
So how can we help our kids navigate the ups and downs of life on the playground? Read on!