What Makes Parents Dislike Their Child's Friend?
And what can you, as a parent, do about it?
What is it that makes an adult suspicious of a child? Is it the way a young person presents themselves - their choices of clothes, makeup, hair, or tattoos? Or maybe it's the way the kid communicates; do they make eye contact, smile, say hello, use respectful language, or none of those things? Sometimes even the stickiest of sweet friends leads a parent to wonder at the unnatural obsequiousness. What are they hiding?
How do you know when one of your child's friends is bad news? Perhaps even more difficult to handle: what can you do about the situation?
Should you express your dislike to your child, or will that inevitably cause anger and rebellion? How can parents foster healthy friendships for their child, without being (or being perceived as) insufferably controlling?
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