Another great article from child psychologist, Dr. Tom Gambino. -HKP
When And How To Get Involved In The Conversations Your Child Is Having With Their Friends
Sometimes parents/guardians hear about the different conversations their child has with their friends and it may be difficult to process. Parents/guardians may think the conversation topics are not appropriate for their age, do not align with their own views, or should just be avoided altogether.
Below are some tips to help parents navigate this tricky situation and not alienate themselves from their child.
- If there are any safety concerns for your child or their friend, explain the need to contact the friend’s parent/guardian to make sure everyone is okay. You can offer to have your child join the phone call. Have your child meet with a mental health professional, if necessary.
- It is okay to share your concerns with your child and be prepared to listen without placing judgment. The goal is to maintain an open line of communication and foster honesty.
- Review with your child the potential impact(s) of their words and to be mindful of people listening around them.
- Explore why your child has these conversations and work on finding a compromise/solution that everyone can agree to.
- Praise your child for their willingness to have this conversation with you.