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The Unwritten Rules of Friendship by Natalie Madorsky Elman
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Mar 28, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

This book is full of practical advice for parents and teachers to help guide children toward the kind of behavior that will make people want to be their friends. I appreciated the overall message that if an adult finds a kid's behavior irksome, then other kids will be annoyed also, so the adult should step in and help tweak the kid's comportment.

The authors identify 9 kinds of children who will need help socially--the Shy Child, the Different Drummer, the Born Leader, etc.--and devote a chapter to each. At the end of each chapter there's a list of straightforward tips for that kind of child. (Some of the tips made me smile, like "You can't make friends with people by annoying them," "Even if something is funny the first time, the second time, it's not," and "Nobody wants to be grossed out.") Even without doing the exercises in this book, it seems like just using all these tips as conversation starters with any kid (regardless of personality type) would get him or her thinking about how to act in order to get along better with others.


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