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The End of the Best Friend

Posted on June 28, 2010

A recent article in the New York Times discussed an interesting trend of school officials discouraging best-friend bonds in an effort to curb exclusivity and bullying. While some may see the benefits of encouraging children to develop multiple relationships, nothing compares to the social and emotional benefits of a forming close, intimate relationships. When children have people to call their best friend, they are able to develop the emotional capacity and communication skills needed to manage and maintain close relationships through difficult circumstances. Moreover, children then develop the confidence and ability to form healthy adult relationships.

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