Ep 57: Friendship Fires

Growing up, were you taught friendship skills?

Educators and parents today have become more aware of how important it is to teach children friendship skills. With the onslaught of social media and technology, friendships have considerably evolved; but in other ways, they remain the same as when you were young: we all want to get along and belong.

In this heartfelt conversation, Meg speaks with friendship expert and founder of URStrong, Dana Kerford. With a global reach of over 1 million, URStrong teaches schools and educators how to empower kids with friendship and relationship skills that will benefit them for their entire lives. In this conversation, you’ll learn what is friendship and why learning friendship and relationship skills is essential at a young age. You’ll also walk away with actionable tips you can bring to the classroom to promote wellbeing for all.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ The importance of friendship skills

▫️ Why being friends with everyone is bad advice

▫️ How to put a friendship fire out

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Schools need a friendship strategy where we’re all on the same page, supporting the kids in the same way, and bringing the parents into that conversation, too.”

Dana Kerford

“We need to, as educators in schools, give [students] the skills and teach them explicitly.”

Dana Kerford

“When we ignore negative emotions in our relationships, it just gets bigger.”

Dana Kerford


Dana Kerford – Instagram | Website | Linkedin

Resources to support friendship

You can purchase resources for your home or school from the URSTRONG shop here.

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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