Helping your child cultivate good friendships
Over the years, your child will have learnt a lot – both good and bad – from observing your friendships. They will have listened to what you say about your friends, watched how you treat them, and seen what friendship really means to you.
So, as a parent, it always pays to use your experience to teach your child what good friendship means. Teach them not only how to choose and develop positive friendships, but also how to value and keep them.
Here are a few ideas that you could think about sharing with your teen:
Treat others as you wish to be treated
By showing respect to others, they are more likely to be respectful to you.
Show your friends that you value them
Actions speak louder than words, so encourage your child to nurture their friendships through being kind, respectful and supportive.
Teaching them forgiveness can help them to forge stronger friendships.
Not all friendships are forever
Everyone changes over their lifetime. The friends your child has now might not serve them well in years to come. Reassure them that this is okay.
Trust your instincts
If your child has a bad feeling about a friendship, or isn’t sure that it’s good for them, they should feel confident to stop being friends with that person. Encouraging them to talk it through with you or someone they trust can give them the confidence to take action.
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