Teach them how to critically think and to make a choice about who they want to be connected to instead of them just falling in where they feel they can be somewhat accepted.
Be your friends parent always. In addition, I suggest that you spend an hour or more a night talking with them, mostly listening attentively to build your trustworthy friendship. There are so many statistics that state that the child will listen to those that she spends the most time with. Well, I make sure that, that person is me. She gets to have fun but it is still concentrated. When your child has a positive example, it can make them the leader. If nothing else, it will not make them a follower. They will feel confident in saying no, and in making certain decisions in their best interest.
As her friend, I advised her to pay attention to the actions of those people she calls a friend. I smelled a floating fish in the sea, and after I shared some wisdom she spilled the beans on the little girl. The little girl is adorable, but no making the best choices.
We choose love, and we choose friends. Do your children understand this?
I am writing a series of blogs on female friendships. This would be the ideal blogs to introduce to your child so that they understand the power of choice. Relationships are dependant on how we relate to one another. The point is that our thoughts, feelings, and connections must take action to be lasting.
Check out the friendship blogs and use this as a great way to discuss how to choose friendships with your teenager.
- Teen Dating Relationships: Manipulating the Situation (ressurrection.wordpress.com)
- God Should Be Your BFF (deussolus9.wordpress.com)
- Friendships: Staying Connected (septermberlane.com)
- One year blogging- what’s next? (ressurrection.wordpress.com)
- Friendship (akissofbliss.wordpress.com)
- Friendship is a two-way street (mybookofstories.wordpress.com)