‘Go and say hello,’ I encourage my son. He shakes his head, shyly.
‘Go and make some friends,’ I insist, pushing him lightly towards the playground. Nervously, he edges towards the twin girls creating castles in the small sandpit.
‘Hello,’ he says, quietly. ‘Can I play with you?’
‘Sure,’ says one of the girls eagerly. ‘You can be our friend.’
Soon they are happily playing together like best buddies. On the other side of the playground, a woman sits, watching her children play. We make eye contact, smile briefly, then look away.
Why is it so hard to make friends?
Written by Alanah Andrews