Often times, a well-intended child may need as much support as the friend they are trying to help. Here’s another helpful article from child psychologist, Dr. Tom Gambino! -HKP
5 Ways To Support Your Teen When They Are Supporting Their Friends
1. Collaborate with your teen on healthy boundaries. We do not need to sacrifice our own wellbeing to support someone else.
2. Talk to your teen about their own limitations as a supportive friend. Some situations require help from a professional or outside adult. When we ask for help for our friend, we are being a GREAT friend.
3. Encourage your teen to trust their gut. If your teen is feeling uncomfortable about a situation or concerned for their friend, it may be time to seek outside help.
4. Help your teen accept what is in their control vs out of their control.
5. Praise your teen for their willingness to help a friend and take care of themselves.