Is your Child having a Hard Time Making Friends?

It’s a problem that many parents worry about. While we make Minnieland Academy an engaging environment and reach out to each child, sometimes shyness makes them a bit reserved when reaching out to other children. While it’s a difficult topic to navigate, we have a few tips that may just help.


  • Stay up to date with the adults in your child’s life. Teachers play a key role in the development of your child and know exactly how your child interacts in a public setting for a day. Talking with your child’s teacher can open your eyes to a lot of things you may not realize about your little one. Be sure to not skip those parent-teacher meetings, as they can be the most help in your search for an answer.


  • If you are still uneasy about your little one’s progress in making friends, try watching behaviors more closely than normal. Sometimes problematic behaviors at home only become bigger when in a less familiar environment.


  • It’s okay if your child has fewer friends. Your worries may really just have to do with the nature of how your child interacts. Some children thrive on a group of friends, while others prefer to keep one or two close. Being an introvert or an extravert plays a part in this as well – some children rather keep to themselves in general.


Keep these things in mind as you figure out where your child stands, and of course – be sure to talk about these things one-on-one with your little one. It can make all the difference.

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Minnieland Academy provides early childhood education and care for infants through school-age children. We believe in learning in a loving environment.

Founded in 1972 by Chuck and Jackie Leopold, Minnieland Academy has provided Virginia families with the best early childhood education and care for over 40 years. We have over 60 schools that serve infants through school age children, helping them develop in a loving environment. We believe that learning is fun, and our Kid Steps curriculum provides age appropriate education at every level of their growth.

Come tour one of our schools and become part of the Minnieland Academy Family!

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