Helping Children Get Along Better With Their Peers

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton.

How children interact with their peers influences how much their peers like them, and how much they like themselves. Hyperactive and problem children typically do not get along well with their peers, because they are aggressive, dominating, selfish, and tend to cheat when they start losing a game. Peers usually do not want to play with them, which contributes to their already low self-esteem. This chapter offers strategies for two peer relationship problems, aggression and rejection, as well as ideas on how to promote children’s self-confidence.