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Six-year-olds care a great deal about friendship and belonging. They are curious about friends’ lives, ask questions and share stories with each other. They can engage in collaborative play and are increasingly sensitive to social rejection – including the ultimate threat of “you are not my friend anymore.” At this age, that usually means, “I am frustrated that things aren’t going my way,” and the conflict is often resolved quickly. You may also hear kids talk about best friends, but don’t be surprised if they have a new “best friend” every week.

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