Choosing good friends (contd.)
“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” Alain de Botton
- For older children, watch attitude issues with new acquaintances.
Often by the time children reach their teens, their personalities are well on the way to full development. Watch for tendencies towards rebellion against and rejection of adult authority. Friends who use inappropriate language and behaviour need to be culled from your child’s friend group as it’s easier to nip it in the bud.
- Teach your children the type of people who are appropriate for friends.
Your children need to be exposed to proper models to pick as good friends. Teach your children how that developing toxic friendships can lead to disastrous outcomes. Personalities are always more important than financial assets.
- Expose your children to environments where positive friendships can develop.
Ultimately, friendship selections are up to your child. Your training and lifestyle will help your child in developing friendships with the right people. Thus it becomes important to transport your child from time to time to places where he or she can be exposed to a different type of environment where positive friendship can be developed.