Encourage Kids to Choose Good Friends

Good friends are hard to find, and keeping them may be even more difficult.

Here’s advice for parents to pass to their children, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Point out that friends should be respectful, helpful and follow the rules.
  • Be a good friend yourself, so your child can model that behavior.
  • Discuss qualities that make for a good friend, focusing on positive values that are important at home.
  • Schedule play dates with children who you feel will be a good influence on your child.
  • Work on a good relationship with your child, including honest and frequent communication.