Getting to Know Your Child's Friends

One of the best ways that you can positively influence your child’s friendships is to stay involved. By getting to know your child’s friends, you can gain some insight into the relationships that your child is involved in—and keep an eye on those relationships to make sure that they stay positive. There’s a fine line between being involved and being nosy, and your kids may complain that you don’t give them enough space, but it’s important to maintain a presence in your child’s life and in their friendships.

 
Create an Inviting Home- Make your home a place where your children’s friends like to hang out. (Snacks and soft drinks in the fridge always help!) Get to know them while they are relaxed and open to conversation.
 
Know Their Names- Learn the names of all of your child’s friends. Some parents list their child’s friends in the family address book along with the names of their parents and contact information.
 
Do: Monitor how your child reacts to you getting to know his friends. Some kids are okay with their parents getting to know their friends’ names, but they may not be too happy if they become overly friendly.
 
Know Their Parents- Get to know the parents or guardians of your children’s friends. You will often find that they share your values and priorities and that you can work together to ensure that the friendships are positive for everyone.
 
Attend Their Events- Whenever possible, attend school events. Ask your child to introduce you to her friends. Spend a few moments asking her friends about their likes and dislikes. Show that you’re interested in getting to know them.
 
Vacation With Them- Young teenagers often don’t like to spend much time with their families, so allow them to invite a friend along during family activities. This can make family getaways and reunions more appealing, and it will give you the chance to get to know your children’s friends.

 

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My child’s best friend comes from a well-to-do family. They are a great family and invite him to do a lot with their family. They spend a lot of money on my child (dinners, ball games, entertainment). It seems like there are no limits. We appreciate their generosity but we cannot afford to repay, nor do we want our son to begin thinking that money grows from trees or to get into bad habits. Any suggestions? Should we speak with the parents of our son or just continue to address the issue with our son?

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Hi Anonymous,

You should be able to openly communicate with your child about money, and explain that every family has a different budget and income. More gifts/vacations/material things does not equal more love. More information about talking to your kids about money is available here: http://www.parentfurther.com/parenting/money

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same problem i am facing,and thanks for ur suggestion,it helps too much.

My daughter is 12 and obsessed with boys. We told her she cannot date until she is older but she continues to act as if she has a boyfriend. She chats online with her friends all the time. Lately she “broke up with” this guy and now she is “seeing” another boy. The stress this has created has caused her to scratch her arms. We are concerned but can’t seem to get through to her that this is not appropriate. She is an awesome child in every other way but seems to go overboard in this area. Any suggestions as to help her are greatly appreciated.

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