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The Friendship Maze: How to Help Your Child Navigate Their Way to Positive and Happier Friendships Paperback – 1 Mar 2019
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Helping our children to navigate the complexities of friendship is a challenge for us all. This book offers invaluable information and practical advice. If only it had been available when my own children were younger.(Julian Elliott, Professor of Educational Psychology, Durham University)
Tanith Carey’s newest book, The Friendship Maze, is refreshingly positive and practical. She fearlessly tackles the minefields in children’s friendship-making, for example an over-reliance on social media, bullying, and the pressure to grow up too fast. No problem is considered too trivial to be ignored; none is seen as impossible to solve. In every section, she offers a list of specific, practical tips parents can adopt straight away. Best of all to my way of thinking, her suggestions show parents not how to step in and sort things out. Instead, she teaches parents how to empower their children to solve their own relationship problems and to find ways to weather the inevitable difficult patches as they grow up.(Linda Blair, Clinical Psychologist, regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph)
This is the sort of instructional parenting skills handbook I would have KILLED for when I first became a mum. In a world of huge stress and pressure for our kids this guide to helping them better help themselves through the minefields of friendships in an era of social media is a MUST for any parent.(Nadia Sawalha)
Probably the most important thing our children could ever learn is to have solid, healthy friendships. In this ground-breaking book Tanith shows parents how they can help their children through often tricky maze of friendship and develop the skills they need to have relationships that thrive. Such an empowering and positive guide to support children’s emotional wellbeing and resilience – a treasure of a book and much needed in this digital age that throws up a host of new friendship issues.(Becky Goddard-Hill, parenting author and blogger)
The Friendship Maze helps parents navigate the journey of their child’s social relationships and provides invaluable insights and advice to parents. Long overdue!(Emma Citron, Consultant Clinical Psychologist)
This excellent book guides parents through the ups and downs of friendships, giving information on when to step back to help develop independence and when to step in to help build up skills. Friendships are now played out 24/7 in the digital world. Understanding this world and its importance for boys as well as girls, primary as well as secondary school children, will empower parents to promote positive, healthy friendships. The social networks we live in are crucial for our well-being. Making and keeping friends is one of the most important skills we can ever develop, and yet very little is written about it. The Friendship Maze is a must-have guide to help parents and their children develop this essential tool.(Dr Angharad Rudkin, Child Clinical Psychologist)
About the Author
Tanith Carey writes books which offer a lucid analysis of the most pressing challenges facing today’s parents. As an award-winning journalist, Tanith also writes on parenting for a wide range of publications including The Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail. She is a regular presence on TV and radio programmes, including the NBC Today Show in the US, Radio Four Woman’s Hour and You and Yours, This Morning, the Lorraine Show and Good Morning Britain.
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It's an invaluable read for parents trying to help their children navigate the issues faced by them in the classroom and through social media.
I particularly liked the insight in to cliques/ friendship groups and the analysis of "relational aggression"- a more subtle form of bullying which is more likely to go under the radar.
There was a lot I related to in this book, and I only wish this had been around when my children were younger.
Interestingly I caught both my 12 year old and 14 year old flicking through it too and they initiated discussions about their experiences in relation to a couple of the topics. I think older teens could well benefit from reading it too.
I have lost count of the number of times I’ve told my daughter “never mind, I’m sure you’ll be friends again in the morning” without actually offering her any solution as to how her and her ex best friend could actually become friends again after whatever horrendous betrayal had taken place that day!
Now I’m steering my daughter through her teens, dodging the social media curve balls that are thrown at her and curbing her desire and drive to do anything she can do to be in with the “popular girls”
This book is a brilliant handbook for any parent who, like me, is struggling in the modern minefield of their child’s friendship dramas. My Children are growing up in a very different world to the one I grew up in and now I finally feel better equipped to advise and mediate and to also help my children to confidently make a longer lasting friendship that will remain steady for years to come.
Thank you very much for simplifying a very complex topic.
It’s in a really user friendly format , which not only identifies the main issues but offers real practical solutions. I read parts of this to my 10year old daughter, who was suffering from isolation and it has proved to be of great comfort to her by understanding that sustaining a kind and forgiving demeanour wins out in the long term and works for forming stronger relationships in adulthood. Alpha girls don’t always grow up to reign.
Incredibly valuable in turning her perception around. Brilliant