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If a crisis occurs involving one of your childs friends how do you talk to them about it?

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If a crisis occurs involving one of your childs friends how do you talk to them about it?

If a crisis at school involves one of your children's friends and you're really afraid about bad influence on your child, take a deep breath, sit down with your child and explain your concern. Try to avoid addressing the situation with, "I don't like this kid" or "This kid is a bad influence," but talk about whatever the behavior was that is troubling you and ask your child what he or she thinks about it. Then, if you need to, come up with some restrictions on the relationship such as, “If you're going to hang out with this kid, it can only be in our house" or "I think maybe this child is having some difficulties right now, and it would be good for you to take a break in your friendship."

Do whatever you think helps keep your child safe. The other thing is you may be surprised by your child’s reaction. It's possible your kid is also having some concerns about that friend's behavior and will likely welcome some kind of input from you. So don't be afraid of the conversation.

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