Today was a pretty fun day. The kids and I decided to throw a party for a few of their friends “for no good reason”. We had about seven kids in our house, all playing together beautifully. We colored pictures, played games and even made caramel apples for each of them to take home. Everyone had a wonderful time. However what my kids didn’t know was that our “for no good reason” party was actually for a very good reason.
Opening your home to your child’s peers can help to create a deeper familiarity between your child and their new friend. They can now begin to step past the “acquaintance” stage and start to form a more mature bond when they are allowed to see each other in situations outside of the norm. If they only see this other child at school the friendship will probably stay only at school and will run the risk of falling apart once the school year ends. Having friends in your home also gives you the opportunity to get to know your children’s friends better, and if they are young you may also be able to get to know their parents better as well. I have formed many new friendships with the parents of my children’s friends.