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Summertime social for teens

Top tips on helping tweens and teens develop social skills.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Beyond manners

Middle and high school can be an awkward time socially. Kids who have been friends since kindergarten are suddenly going separate ways — some are still into playing, while others have moved on to social drama and the allures of the opposite sex. Between the cliques, bullies, mean girls, and friends you consider less than desirable, knowing how to help tweens and teens develop healthy friendships can be a challenge.

Even if your kids have good friendship skills, they may still feel at sea during these turbulent years. The one constant is home, and parents continue to provide an important role model for children.

Here are some ways to help your kids navigate the rocky waters of the teen social scene:

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

08/16/2010:
"Informative post with helpful tips to deal with teen friendship skills. I agree with you by asking the questions on choosing a best friend, that help us to find more information on the strategy followed by teens to choose their friends. We can share our opinions on the criteria also. As this is one of the most important things to deal with a teenager, it should be deal accordingly, otherwise we may experience some new types of problems with teenagers"
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