Why are Best Friends so Special for Kids?

| | Reviewed by: Rose Smith
Updated: October 14, 2022 | Published:

There are many reasons why having a best friend is so important for kids. 

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First, best friends provide kids with someone to talk to and confide in. They offer a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on during tough times. Best friends also help kids learn how to share, cooperate, and resolve conflicts. 

Why Your Child Needs a Best Friend

There are numerous benefits to having a best friend during childhood. Some of these benefits include:

  1. A best friend provides companionship and someone to play with.
  2. A best friend can help teach your child how to share, communicate, and negotiate.
  3. Best friends can provide emotional support during tough times.
  4. Having a best friend can help your child feel more connected and supported.
  5. Best friends can help teach your child important social skills.
  6. A best friend can provide a sense of security and belonging.
  7. Best friends can be a great source of fun and laughter.
  8. Having a best friend can help your child feel more confident.
  9. Best friends can help your child learn to cope with disappointment and failure.
  10. A best friend will always be there for your child, no matter what.

Having a best friend can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Best friends provide kids with a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Why Your Child Needs a Best Friend?

They also give kids someone to have fun with, laugh with, and enjoy life with. In short, best friends are an invaluable part of a child’s life.

Your Kid is Thinking about Their Besties

Kids often have many questions about their best friends in their little heads. Here are some things that kids usually question and think about their best friend:

  1. How did you become friends?
  2. What do you like most about your best friend?
  3. What is your favorite memory with your best friend?
  4. What do you think makes your best friend a good friend?
  5. What does your best friend do that makes you laugh?
  6. What is the most important thing about being a good friend?
  7. What do you think your best friend likes about you?
  8. What do you think is the best thing about having a best friend?
  9. What would you do if you and your best friend disagreed?
  10. What is the most important thing to remember about being a good friend?

They also think their bestie is awesome, more awesome than any other friends out there. It’s playing with the concept of a best friend. 

Psychology Behind a Best Friend’s Role 

A best friend is someone with whom we can share our most intimate secrets and feelings, safe in the knowledge that they will not be used against us. They are someone who makes us feel complete, someone with whom we can just be ourselves. 

A best friend is someone who knows us better than anyone else and still loves us anyway.

A best friend is someone who we can rely on, no matter what. They are always there for us, whether we need a shoulder to cry on or someone to celebrate with. A best friend makes us feel like we can do anything because we know they will be there to catch us if we fall.

A best friend is someone we can be completely ourselves around without feeling judged or misunderstood. They are the people who know us better than anyone else and still love us anyway. A best friend makes us feel complete, whole, and loved.

Psychology Behind a Best Friend’s Role

Psychologists have spent a great deal of time studying relationships and friendships. They have found that certain things make a friendship last, and these things are pretty universal.

First and foremost, communication is key to any lasting friendship. If you can’t communicate with your friend, maintaining a friendship will be very difficult.

Second, psychologists say that trust is essential in any friendship. If you can’t trust your friend, the friendship will likely break down at some point.

Then mutual respect, which best friends normally develop, is necessary for any friendship to work. If you don’t respect your friend, it won’t be easy to maintain a friendship anytime.

Shared experiences are also important in any friendship. If you don’t have anything in common with your friend, your friendship will likely grow colder. That’s not the “bestie” every kid dreams about. 

Psychologists also say that there’s an amount of time that is necessary for any friendship to grow. So kids learn patience. 

All of this means that a best friend is someone we can communicate with, trust, respect, and share experiences with. A best friend is someone who we spend time with and grow to care about deeply over time. 

Things Only Bestie Will Know 

There are some things that only your child’s best friend will know about. These are the things that only someone who knows your kid, and that someone not being you, will know. And that’s why besties are so important.

  • The bestie will know:
  • How much they really, truly love their parents
  • The way they get scared sometimes, even though they’ll never admit it
  • That one time they wet the bed when they were seven (and they still have nightmares about it)
  • The time they got lost in the mall and were too embarrassed to ask for help
  • How do they really feel about their siblings (whether they love them or not)
  • The superhero they pretend to be when they’re feeling insecure
  • Their favorite ice cream flavor and movie
  • That weird birthmark on their hip that they’re self-conscious about
  • Their deepest, darkest secret that they would never, ever tell anyone else
  • The way they absolutely light up when they’re happy

A best friend is someone who we can be around without feeling judged or misunderstood. They are the people who know us better than anyone else and still love us anyway. 

A best friend made us feel complete, whole and loved. Someone everyone would wish for their kids to be a part of their lives. 

Amy

About Amy Smith

Amy, an award-winning journalist with a Master's in Journalism from Columbia University, has excelled for over twelve years, specializing in parenting, pregnancy, nursing, fashion, and health.

Her acclaimed blog, AmyandRose, demonstrates profound expertise shaped by her journey from pregnancy to nurturing a teenager and a toddler. Recognized by several parenting awards, Amy's work has been featured in top-tier health and lifestyle magazines, underscoring her authority in these fields.

Her contributions, grounded in evidence-based research and personal experience, provide invaluable, credible insights for parents navigating the complexities of modern child-rearing and personal well-being.

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