Thursday, October 17, 2013

Balancing Act- Kids and Their Friends

We all want our kids to have friends. But here's the thing about that- you need to know these kids and keep an eye on them. You want your children to have good friends, not friends who are going to drag them down. Keep an eye on those relationships. Nip them in the bud as soon as you can if they are going the wrong direction. Something else you need to remember- you are a PARENT, you are not your child's FRIEND. It is a great side benefit to ALSO be their friend. And it is better if you are. But before all else you are their PARENT. You have to be the bad guy. It's your job.

I personally want friends for my kids who are from christian homes, manners are taught and expected, their is no bullying among them, and they encourage each other. You have to take the time to meet and get to know the kids your kid is hanging out with and you have to get to know their families. Being friends with their moms is always a plus. And if you don't like what you see and find out- stop the friendship. It's a tough job but you have to do it.

Pay attention to your own child. Don't compare him/ her to other children. And if their behavior changes find the source. If it is a certain friend, explain to your child why you don't approve of that friend and why you don't want them to be your child's friend. That will go a long way.

So get to know these kids. But always be a parent first.


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