Friendships and Relationships

Lending Library items are available to be checked out for two weeks to all North Dakota residents.

Lending Library - Books (7)

Lending Library - DVDs (8)


Best Friends, Worst Enemies
by Michael Thompson, Ph.D, et al
This book demonstrates that children's friendships begin early, in infancy, and run exceptionally deep in intensity and loyalty. As children grow, their friendships become more complex and layered but also more emotionally fraught, marked by both extraordinary intimacy and bewildering cruelty. This book brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of social behavior. Here you will find penetrating discussions of the differences between friendship and popularity, how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment, whether all kids need a best friend, why cliques form and what you can do about them.

Delicate Threads
by Debbie Staub (MSU)
This book offers a rare look at friendships between children with and without special needs. The author explores how the relationships develop, how they compare to friendships between typical peers, and what happens to them over time. (all ages)

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends
by Don Gabor
The author of this book brings the art of having a conversation up to date. By following the simple and dynamic guidelines in this easy-to-read book, you'll be ready to strike up a great conversation with anyone anywhere!

It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend
by Richard Lavoie
This book offers practical strategies to help learning disabled children ages 6-17 navigate the treacherous social waters of their school, home, and community. The author examines the special social issues surrounding a wide variety of learning disabilities and provides proven methods and step-by-step instructions for helping the learning disabled children through almost any social situation.

Lucky Dogs, Lost Hats, and Dating Don'ts
by Thomas Fish & Jillian Ober
If reading is a challenge for you, these 14 short stories illustrated with photos are just for you. And, they talk about real life! Whether you are in middle school or are already out of school, you'll find stories that will grab you because they are funny, sad, and suspenseful.

Reflections of Erin
by Barbara McKenzie
Conveyed in the form of keen observations, heartfelt surprises, and insightful reflections, the stories and images inspired by Erin McKenzie's life demonstrate the rich connections and relationships that result from an inclusive learning community.

Sometimes I Feel Like I Don't Have Any Friends
by Tracy Zimmerman and Lawrence E. Shapiro, Ph.D.
This book helps find solutions for kids who can't make friends. Meet Mark, a fourth-grader who knows he's not well-liked. He begins to see his shortcomings and - with the help of his parents and teacher - learns to communicate, listen and cooperate. New friends quickly follow.


Circles - Intimacy & Relationships Level 1, Part 2: Transitions
James Stanfield Company Inc.
Part 2 takes basic knowledge of the CIRCLES concept and employs that knowledge to understand and manage the dynamic nature of relationships. Video mini-dramas provide a stimulating activity to maintain student interest and augment the learning atmosphere

Circles - Intimacy & Relationships Level 2, Part 1: Relationships
James Stanfield Company Inc.
In Part 1 you are introduced to Faith. She is confused by the many people entering her living room. She acknowledges that she does not know all of them and recognizes that this could be dangerous. She relies on CIRCLES as a way to help her find the proper place for the people in her life according to the relationship that she has with each of them.

Circles - Intimacy & Relationships Level 2, Part 2: Relationships/Transitions
James Stanfield Company Inc.
In this story Faith introduces the concept of developing relationships that may transition from one circle into an adjacent circle and the perhaps again to the next adjacent circle. Faith emphasizes that just because in a specific situation she decided to cross over one or more of the boundary limits temporarily, it does not mean that she now has different circle relationship with that person.

DateSmart 1: Abstinence and the Art of Saying
Uses a realistic approach to teach students how to support the choice for abstinence. Each program uses NotSmart/LifeSmart examples to focus on issues every student must address: how to set sexual boundaries; how not to be emotionally manipulated; how to avoid people with "one-track" minds; what social situations to avoid; how to protect their personal space and how to use "I'll PASS," a new way to say "No" that fosters partner support; how to learn that sex and love are not the same -- and much more. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

DateSmart 2: Avoiding Trouble and Listening for
Teaches students how to control their emotions and avoid impulsive reactions to intimate situations. Through humorous NotSmart examples, students learn what actions can lead to trouble. The program teaches men not to date minors and how to refrain from manipulative actions that exploit women. Women learn how to recognize trouble and how to avoid behavior that can send unintentional, provocative signals. Common misconceptions about the opposite sex are addressed. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

Peace Talks 8: Handling Peer Pressure and Gangs
30 minutes
Handling Peer Pressure and Gangs deals with a variety of issues concerning peer pressure, values and friendship, by examining why kids join cliques, groups and gangs. Teenagers are challenged to decide what they would do if a close friend wanted them to do something wrong, illegal, or dangerous, and are asked to examine the types of friendships they are making. The meanings of true friendship and the value of positive peer pressure are highlighted as ways to make good friends and stay out of trouble.

PeopleSmart 1: Basic Friendship Skills

Teaching basic friendship skills, is the first video program to focus on the specific skills needed to make a "real" friend. Students will learn the 10 best ways to meet people, how to distinguish between an acquaintance and a real friend, and what to do to maintain a good relationship. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

PeopleSmart 2: Trust and Gullibility

Helps students learn the difference between trust and gullibility and that "niceness" does not always mean "goodness." This program focuses on teaching students who and when to trust, and how to recognize and deal with people who don't care about their best interests. (age 14 & up/parents & professionals)

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