Friendships are crucial for kids and their development, however, they might not come naturally to all kids. At a young age, friendships are formed between people who develop genuine connections with one another. Typically, people go through a sort of honeymoon stage of friendship where there is no fighting, there are no conflicts, and you are just starting to get to know each other’s inner selves, even if they are so young. However, once friendship transcends that initial phase of trying to impress one another on a semi-superficial basis, true friendship is formed. Often times, it is in this state of deep friendship where conflicts can begin to arise.
It is crucial that kids learn to do with this conflict in a proper way. Having conflict with someone outside of the family is different, because unlinke sibiling arguments for example, friendships can have long term impact. It is extremely important not to cross the line of conflict to the point of no return. Unless you are absolutely 100 percent sure that you are willing to end the friendship during this particular fight, it is important not to resort to sibling style conflict because while siblings can overcome some nasty comments, it is harder to get over those nasty comments and critics if you are just friends and not actually related.
The best way to teach kids how to deal with friendships and conflict is to teach them to treat others the way they would like to be treated.