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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary :  Relationships means: 
 1:  the state of being related or interrelated: studied the relationship between the variables
 2:  the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: such as
     3:  a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings: had a good relationship with his family.  b:  a romantic or passionate attachment

    What do Relationships mean?

    Human beings are social animals, and most of us yearn for close relationships with other people. Relationships require a lot of work and a lot of communication, but it can still be hard to understand what the other person is thinking. The following steps are just one way of understanding what it means to be in a relationship. 1. Decide when it is time to talk. 2. Talk to your friend in private. 3. Get your feelings out in the open. 4. Give your friend time to think.
    5. Know everyone's expectations.
    6. Communicate effectively and openly.
    7. Balance your needs and your partner's needs.
    8. Watch for signs of dysfunction.
    9. Know that relationships mean different things to different people.
    10. Learn about types of friendships.
    11. Understand that good frindships are essential.
    12. Look for quality in any relationship.

    If you would like to learn more about Relationships, see the attached article.

    Books or articles on Relationships

    Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope by Donna O’Toole. 1988. All ages.

    An aardvark’s delayed grief over the loss of a family member begins to heal through the support of a caring friend.

    Abuela by Arthur Dorros, illus. by Elisa Kleven. 1995. Ages 4–8.

    While riding on a bus with her grandmother a little girl imagines they are carried up in the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. In Spanish.

    Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castañeda, illus. by Enrique O. Sanchez. 1993. Ages 4–8.

    (Available in Spanish: El Tapiz de Abuela) A young Guatemalan girl and her grandmother weave some special creations that they hope to sell at the market.

    The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid, illus. by Sarah Chamberlain. 1990. Ages 4–8.

    A child explores the treasures in his grandmother’s button box.

    Can You Do This, Old Badger? by Eve Bunting, illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2000. Ages 4–8.

    Although Old Badger cannot do some things as easily as he used to, he can still teach Little Badger a lot about catching fish, eating worms, and staying safe and happy.

    Daddy, Will You Miss Me? by Wendy McCormick, illus. by Jennifer Eachus. 1999. Ages 4–6.

    A boy and his father think of many different ways to be in touch while the father is in Africa.

    Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families by Laurene Krasny Brown and Marc Brown. 1986. Ages 5–12. Dinosaur characters depict the range of experiences and feelings encountered by children whose parents have divorced. Simple, direct text and lively pictures encourage young readers to acknowledge and express their own fears and reactions to this experience.

    It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr. 2001. Ages 4–8.

    There are many ways to be different, and all of them are okay.

    Love Is a Family by Roma Downey, illus. by Justine Gasquet. 2001. Ages 4–8.

    Lily worries that she will be the only kid in her class to bring just one person to Family Fun Night, but she discovers there are many kinds of families, including grandparents raising a grandson.

    There are many, many more books on relationships.  Visit our school library or your local library for more information.
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