Meet SuperHero Maria

God made us to live in community with one another, and yet in this age of social media “friends and connections,” record numbers of people are isolated, lonely, and depressed.

At Finally Home, we want our children (and their caregivers!) to have the skills to nurture safe and healthy connections with others. That is why SuperHero Maria has a lot to teach us.

Finally Home’s SuperHero Maria knows how to be a good friend by helping others. Whether someone needs help finding a lost toy or getting up after a fall, Maria is always willing to lend a hand. Marie has discovered that when she’s a good friend to others, they’re often good friends to her, too.

Learning how to choose good friends and be a good friend is very important for young people because it’s fun, AND research affirms that quality social connections are key for our mental and emotional health.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), one study “suggests that stable, healthy friendships are crucial for our well-being and longevity. People who have friends and close confidants are more satisfied with their lives and less likely to suffer from depression” Numerous other studies point to the positive impact that good friends have on physical health and overall outlook as well.

So how do we teach our kids who have been hurt in relationships how to build good friendships?

It starts with a positive and realistic view of ourselves. The way we feel about ourselves definitely impacts how we see and treat others.

Our kids need caring adults who will point to their positive attributes, give them opportunities to learn and try new things, and model strong character qualities like kindness, integrity, humility, generosity, and friendliness.

Kids also need opportunities to socialize with peers. Church, social clubs, sports, and art classes are just a few places to meet people with similar interests.

Here are a few tips to set your kids up for social success:

  • Before you go somewhere social, coach them on how to introduce themselves and interact safely and kindly with others
  • Keep your instructions brief, specific, and positive. Tell them what you WANT them to do, rather than what you DON’T WANT them to do.
  • Consider doing a role play on how to interact with others.
  • Set up playdates at your house so you can monitor the interactions and intervene when necessary.
  • Make sure playdates have a clear beginning and ending time.
  • Prepare your kids for transitions. Ending a playdate or fun activity can be hard, so consider having something else planned for right after (take the dog for a walk, do a new individual craft, make a snack together, a short movie, or ?)

Meet the other SuperHeroes and how they can supoprt your children in understanding their BIG emotions.

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