CHOOSING FRIENDS Friendships are very important to kids, and they typically spend more and more time with friends. Parents need to know who their kids are spending time with and what they are doing on a daily basis. You can help her or him avoid risky choices by monitoring his or her activities. You can also encourage your son or daughter to have healthy friendships. Talk with your child about the true meaning of friendship. True friendship is not based on superficial things like money, looks, popularity, or being with someone who is “cool.” True friendship is based on mutual respect, caring, understanding, trust, and concern. Real friends want to keep their friends safe and well. When you discuss the meaning of friendship together, you’ll help your child think about choices.

Teach Good Problem Solving Help your child practice these problem- solving skills: ࡟ Notice a problem. ࡟ Identify possible actions that might solve the problem. ࡟ Gather information about the pros and cons of each possible action. ࡟ Carefully examine the pros and cons, and select one option that seems best. ࡟ Carry through on the decision.


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