By GreatSchools Staff
Don’t assume too much. This is all new territory to your children, so talk openly and honestly about how friendships change during this time, and let them ask questions. Remind them of what makes a good friend (a true friend won’t force them to do things that make them uncomfortable, for instance) and what their role is as a friend.
If they start talking about a new acquaintance, don’t be judgmental. Listen to what they say about the friend and ask what attracts them to this person. At this age if there’s a particular friend who makes you uncomfortable, you should still withhold criticism, because that may make the person even more attractive. Continue to point out the qualities that make a good friend.
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