This can make parents feel left out.
Instead of discouraging strong friendships, however, you should support them. As your child relies on friends more, you’ll be glad to know his relationships are healthy. Here are some things you can do:
• Let your child invite friends over. Don’t complain if they’re a little loud. This way your child can socialize and you can keep an eye on things.
• Be positive. Get to know your child’s friends. Tell him what you like about them. Let him invite friends on some family outings.
• Provide transportation. Try to be available to take your child to social events.
• Encourage group activities. This will help your child meet others who share his interests. For example, he might volunteer or join a sports team.
• Discuss friendship. Talk about what it means to be a true friend.
• Be a role model. Maintain good relationships with your friends. Your child will learn from your example.
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