Reviewed by Davidson Institute for Talent Development.Good Friends Are Hard to Find is an essential resource for any family with a child struggling with making or keeping friends. A leading expert on children’s social skills and the Director of UCLA Parent Training & Children’s Social Skills Programs, author, Dr. Fred Frankel, spends part of his time as a psychologist at UCLA where he trains pediatricians, psychologists, social workers, and child psychiatrists. This book is based on techniques he uses in the Parent Training & Children’s Social Skills Programs and is written for both parents and professionals.
In today’s fast paced world with working parents and afterschool activities, children have little time to create lasting, meaningful, one-on-one friendships. Frankel shares that many children suffer from friendship problems even aside from busy family schedules – 15% of children do not have any friends at all, and contrary to popular belief, it is not due to parenting. For these particular situations, Frankel states that conventional therapy does not work and, based on research, one-on-one play dates are the best solution.
Frankel wrote Good Friends Are Hard to Find in an easy-to-read format, providing step-by-step directions and checklists on how parents and professionals can help prepare a child with the skills needed to address friendship problems, when and should they arise. Frankel offers practical advice on a wide range of friendship issues:Part 1: Finding Friends
Part 2: Making Friends
Part 3: Keeping Friends
Part 4: Dealing with Teasing, Bullying, and Meanness
Part 5: Helping Your Child Out of Trouble
This book is a valuable resource for any parent or professional whose student has no one to play with, is getting picked on at school, is bullying others, or is moving away from friends. Good Friends Are Hard to Find can be read cover to cover or be used as a reference book whenever a child is experiencing a particular problem.
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