Have you ever heard that saying “you are who your friends are”? Experts say attitudes have a way of rubbing off on people. I think about this often when it comes to my kids and the people they spend their time with.
The majority of parents (myself included) have a tendency to want their kids to have “good” friends. By good I am not talking about ‘best’ friends, I am talking about good people. People you feel are having a positive influence on your child. Who wouldn’t want their children hanging around positive people?
Unfortunately statistics say kids who grow up in unfortunate homes having a higher chance of trouble as a teen. Should we as parents discourage our kids from being friends with these unfortunate kids because it may ‘rub off’ on our kids? After all, it is not the child’s fault that they are growing up in that home. Experts say the probability that these kids will grow up in trouble will be much higher, but is there that possibility that our children will rub off on them? Could our child have a positive influence on these kids?
All parents want the best for their kids. How do you define what is best?
Do you pick your children’s friends?