As your child grows, life can get complicated and that includes friends. Friendship can be a challenge at any age, but helping your child solve friends’ problems it is a necessity. When a child is rejected by colleagues, abused or manipulated by a friend, they do not always know what to do or how to respond. Peer pressure and the need to be socially accepted can further complicate matters.
While friendships can sometimes be difficult, young people need friends, and having friends will help them cope with all the challenges associated with high school. Below are some common friendship problems your child may have in high school, along with some simple solutions to help them solve them.
To be excluded
For many tweens, their biggest fear is to be socially excluded or excluded from their friends and colleagues. Tweens want to be part of a group and without one they feel lost. To complicate matters further, many teens have friendship problems in high school and may actually lose a friend or two in the process – even long-term friends may suffer.
If your child is excluded, try to find out why. Do you need to improve your social skills? Or is there another reason why your colleagues reject you? It’s probably a good idea to contact your child’s teacher or school counselor to see if they have any suggestions or helpful information.
Face the aggression
Educate your child about harassment and give him ideas on how to deal with an aggressor if he is facing one another. Also, teach your child this good friends don’t intimidate nor does he try to manipulate others. Good friends don’t torment their friends either.
Knowing the difference between a good friend and a bad friend is important information that your child will need during adolescence.
Rejection is never easy and is especially difficult for teens and teens. Sometimes children are rejected, even by long-time friends, or abandoned in favor of more popular children. Friends can also separate during high school, as interests change or develop.
If your child is abandoned by a friend, be there to provide support. Tell him that sometimes friendships don’t last and point out friends who are still there for him or her. Help your child expand their circle of friends through extracurricular and social activities.
When friends get worse
Some children change during high school, and your child may have a friend who experiences drugs, alcohol, or other dangerous behaviors. The best line of defense is to meet your child’s friends and talk to other parents frequently. from This way, you may discover a dangerous friendship and resolve it before it gets out of control.
Find ways to take care of your child to limit time alone with a bad friend. Encourage your teen to find extracurricular interests and activities to broaden their circle of friends and interests. Also, make sure your child knows what your expectations are for him or her, as well as the consequences if your child deviates from family rules.
Friendships can be difficult, even best friends are. Your child may meet a manipulative friend and this is what you need to help him cope with.
Explain what manipulation is and how to defend yourself. Prepare your child with phrases or answers to help them deal with manipulative friends, such as «I don’t like being manipulated, so don’t do that now!» Also, teach your child the qualities of a good friend and how to be for each other.