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When you don’t approve of your child’s friends

July 6th, 2015|1 Comment

Peers are an important part of the teenage years. As parents, our teens’ transition to greater reliance on peers can be tricky to navigate. This week on Parenthetical we are reposting a discussion from July 2013 that talks about the ways in which parents can successfully balance supporting their teen’s expanding social network and maintaining their own positive, influential role in a teen’s life.

When I was 15 years old my friend Joe’s mother decided I was such a bad influence on Joe that she banned me from their house.  I felt offended, not because Joe’s mother didn’t like me, but because she made me out to be the villain. I knew there really wasn’t much difference between Joe and me […]

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