Friendship is that precious bond which is not imposed on a child but is created and nurtured by the child himself/herself. Friends are indispensable for the kids to grow and evolve as a person. It helps them to learn how to socialise and respect others feelings. When friends accept a child, it makes one feel important, boosts confidence, empowers self-esteem and helps one explore the joys of growing up.
Help your child make friends
Children need to be shown and given a chance to make friends. Give opportunities to them where they can interact with other children of their age and develop friendships like take them to the park, places of friends and neighbours or make them join hobby classes.
Let your children choose their friends
Don’t impose your choice on your children. Don’t try to fix them with studious kids just because you think they’ll have a positive influence on your child. Let your children form a group they feel comfortable and can relate with.
Guide instead of protecting your child from bad company
Keep guiding your kids about right and wrong. Develop their strength of mind so that they don’t do wrong things under the pressure of peer groups and themselves keep away from friends that are having a negative influence on them.
Don’t interfere in their relationships
Let your kids clear the misunderstandings that crop up and steer their friendship ahead. In case of a rift, don’t try to shield them by belittling their friends. Such a false image would prevent them from recognizing their own shortcomings and never develop lasting friendships.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times