Monday Musings - How Do We Keep Our Kids Away From Negative Influences?

by Samantha on July 8, 2013


It’s an inevitability that all parents must face: their child has a new friend and we don’t like them.

Perhaps it’s the new friend’s sassiness, their precociousness or their unwillingness to listen. Perhaps it’s their casual rudeness, familiarity or insistence when speaking with adults. Perhaps it’s the fact that their bad habits and manners are rubbing off on our kids and it’s causing some grief at home.

Your child wasn’t a big fan of talking back but now she is. Ditto for the less-than-savory language and the clothing that she now wants to wear. And it’s all because of her new BFF.

While a child is on the younger end of the spectrum, say aged 8 and younger, it’s often manageable. When they’re older than 9, however, it starts to be a challenge reining them in. Kids’ friends have clout and what their friends say and do affects our children, whether we like it or not.

Which brings us to today’s parenting dilemma: How do we as parents, keep our kids away from negative influences? What can parents do to handle situations where our kids are taking away the wrong messages and negative influences from their friends? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below!

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fogamer July 31, 2013 at 2:15 am

Everywhere my son meets other children with different kind of manners they have, honestly i told my son that “don’t make friends with bad attitude” but we cannot avoid them from those children of course, so i keep on telling him what is good and bad things and never follow those bad manners he might have seen.


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