What to do when you're not so fond of your child's friend
Childhood friendships can be so sweet, but what if you find yourself in a situation when your child is associating themselves with a purported "bad apple". How do you deal with this situation? Paige recently emailed us for your advice. She writes:
I'm excited summer's here but not so excited about the fact that this means that my son's new friend (and also one of our neighbors) will be a constant presence. Up until now, I've been very fond of my son's friends and happy to have them running amok, but I am not so fond of this new friend. Just today the ideas that the new friend had including introducing him to using questionable language and ideas such as taking his money to buy ice cream. These were ideas that I happened to be within earshot of hearing. While I think these ideas in itself do not inflict himself harm, he's 6 years old and these are choices that I am not quite ready for him to make on his own. I am also not so thrilled about the negative influence that this child has on my son. Have you found yourself not so fond of your child's friend? If you have, do you let it go, or do you set limits on those friendships? Also, how do you go about setting those limits on a friend who constantly invites himself over?