Developing friendships is an important life skill—one that seems very natural, but can actually be difficult to teach.  Good friends build our self-esteem, help us understand who we are, support and encourage us, and show us how to care about others.  On the flip side, learning to cope with the negative aspects of having friends, such as differences in opinion or broken trust are just as important. Help your child learn to become a better friend by practicing skills like: Understanding. Teaching your child to consider different perspectives and viewpoints is both