The Importance of Choosing Friends Wisely

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Before dealing with specific individuals, parents can help their child understand the difference between positive friends (who care what happens to their buddies) and negative friends (who don’t care.) Parents can encourage their children to select their friends rather than being selected, which can lead to being surrounded by the “wrong crowd.”

The selection of positive friends can be facilitated by identifying what “red flag” behavior might provide a reason to not become too close to a particular individual. Such behaviors might include:

  • Cutting classes
  • Sudden aggressive behavior
  • Ignoring curfews
  • Frequent disrespect of others
  • Constantly lying
  • A jealous streak
  • Consistently ignoring the feelings of others
  • Inability to listen to the thought of others