Making friends is one of the most important social skills your child will learn.
Attempting to make friends, your little one will communicate with others by telling stories and jokes and exchanging secrets.
However, your child may choose friends who you might feel are bad influences.
Parents can find themselves telling their child not to play with these friends. Let your child know the consequences of exhibiting their friend’s negative behaviors.
There is another way for parents to influence children to make positive choices regarding friends.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests, “In most cases a better strategy is to reinforce positive friendships with other children whose behavior and values meet with your approval.
Encourage your youngster to invite these children over to your house to play. Try to arrange activities that are fun and enjoyable.” Hopefully this will encourage your child to seek out positive playmates.