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Children feel respected, happy and confident when they are in healthy relationships.
Our first relationship is with our parents. When children feel cared for they learn about communication, acceptance and trust. Forming healthy relationships takes our time and attention. The result:
- Babies will feel safe with a secure attachment to loving parents or caregivers.
- Children will make friends because their parents have taught them how to get along with others.
- Teens will look for dating partners who make them feel special and appreciated.
Take action. Build healthy relationships with your children:
- Teach the social skills of sharing, saying kind words, giving sympathy and helping others.
- Value every child’s uniqueness. Encourage children to accept differences in others.
- Treat others with kindness and respect. Children learn from adult actions.
- Talk and listen to each other. Have fun together.
- Surround them with caring people – neighbours, teachers, caregivers, and friends.
Some relationships may not be healthy. If children see adults using aggression and power they may treat others with bullying or other violence. Bullying can start as early as preschool and can continue through the teen and adult years if it is not stopped.
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Last Updated: April 11, 2012