Monitor your child’s friendships

Monitoring your child’s friendships as they grow is crucial for their social and emotional development. As they navigate the complex world of relationships, I find it essential to be vigilant while offering them support. So how do we do it? How can we effectively monitor our children’s friendships? Here are a few ways we could try:

Open Communication

This perhaps carries the heaviest weight. Establishing open communication with your child is the cornerstone of monitoring their friendships. Encourage them to share their experiences, both positive and negative, without fear of judgment. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable discussing their relationships.

Be Observant

Pay attention to your child’s behaviour and mood. Changes in their demeanour, such as sudden withdrawal or mood swings, could indicate problems with their friendships. Take note of who they spend time with and how they interact with their peers.

Get to Know Their Friends

Take an active interest in your child’s friends. Well, I do! Invite them over to get to know them better. Observe how they interact with your child and assess whether the friendships are positive influences.

Set Boundaries

Establish clear boundaries and expectations for your child’s friendships. Teach them about healthy relationships and the importance of mutual respect and kindness. Encourage them to surround themselves with friends who share similar values.

Monitor Social Media

It’s no surprise that much of children’s social interactions occur online in today’s digital age. Stay informed about your child’s social media activity and set appropriate guidelines for its use. Monitor their friend lists and conversations to ensure they are engaging in safe and respectful behaviour.

Intervene When Necessary

Trust your instincts and intervene if you notice any red flags in your child’s friendships. Address conflicts and issues promptly, and offer guidance and support where you feel they need it. Teach them to stand up for themselves and that its okay to say, “No”.

By actively monitoring your child’s friendships and providing guidance along the way, we can help them develop healthy and fulfilling relationships that contribute to their overall well-being. So then, let’s do it!


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