Dear MEL Topic Readers,
How do children choose a best friend?
Who is a friend? Is that a person who you like and enjoy being with or who helps or supports you? Then, what does a close friend mean to you? Is that the same as when you were a child or a student? As social occasions have been pretty much restricted for over 20 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our social connections also have been narrowed down to those who are closer to us. You may feel how valuable your friends are, especially the close ones with whom you can share your problems, stress, and joy. But how did you develop such an intimate relationship? While children seem to make friends easily, adults need to spend hours to go from acquaintance to a casual friend and even longer to become close friends. For children, having friends not only gives them a happier time but also develops coping skills to troubles and changes in their lives. Though the intimacy, intensity, and meaning of friendship seem to vary from culture to culture, friendship is valuable regardless of age.
Enjoy reading the article and learn about what friendship means to us.