Friendship can be one of the prime motivators in our lives. Some of us hold our friends in such high regard, their importance can even surpass family members. Friends know what makes us happy and provide the level of comfort, companionship, fun, and stimulation that can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.
We learn many things about life from the time we spend with friends and this is why it is important for children to have them at a young age. Kids learn much about how the world works from their parents, but when it comes to getting out there and learning how to function, friends are often the main source of enlightenment. In fact, they can be extremely important in helping children forge their own identity.
Time spent with friends is educational in several ways. Spending time and talking with others teaches you new things on a regular basis. It can also instruct you on how to properly function with others, both on a single and group level. For example, kids discover soon that if they treat others badly, they will receive such treatment in kind. However, if they treat others the way they would like to be treated, things will be much smoother. This is especially important when it comes to adult authority figures, such as teachers. Friendship can also contribute to physical health via sports and other games that involve exercise.
You cannot assign friends; friendships must be cultivated. Did your parents ever try to get you to hang out with the kids down the street even though there was nothing in common? Didn’t work, did it? Just like finding a partner later in life, friendships often have to develop devoid of any outside influences. These tend to be the ones that are the longest lasting and most fruitful.