Best Friends, Worst Enemies

Best Friends, Worst Enemies : Children's Friendships, Popularity and Social Cruelty

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Questions about children's friendships and social development consume parents. Is my child popular? What if she isn't? What if she is being excluded from that group? What if he is a bully or a victim? When should I intervene, and how? "Best friends, worst enemies" balances anecdotes and theory to examine the social world of children, addressing such issues as: the developmental stages of children's friendships, cliques, bullying, popularity, best friends, social cruelty, pecking order, dating, and the role of parents and schools. It also examines the difference between friendship and popularity, and the different ways that boys and girls deal with intimacy and commitment.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 24mm | 479g
  • Michael Joseph Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • notes, bibliography, index
  • 0718144317
  • 9780718144319

Table of contents

An invitation to a birthday party; family matters - secure attachment in the first friendship; children and friendship - a developmental tour; when kids have best friends; in the jungle -the power of the group in children's lives; worst enemies - social cruelty in the lives of children; still standing - how kids manage conflict, betrayal and reconciliation; the rules of the gender game - biology and friendship; from cooties to dating; crossing the lines of difference; what schools can do; what parents can do.
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About Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is a leading child psychologist based at Harvard who conducts workshops across the United States. He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Catherine O'Neill Grace is the author of numerous non-fiction books for children. She lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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