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One need not take courses in child psychology or spend time studying in order to make friends with and influence children. As sincerity is quite necessary in winning adult friends , so it is in making friends with children. Children readily detect any studied effort to please them and are perhaps among the first to notice sham or pretense, for their experiences have trained them to watch for the first signs of insincerity. Conversely, one should not be too stiff with them, for they are interesting individuals well worth knowing, though you may have to make the first few advances. Informality and sincerity are the two major points to remember in dealing with children.
"Making Friends Under Ten,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 18
, Article 8.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol18/iss8/8