Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Avoiding Poor Playmates

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By Dr Bill Maier

Some kids are natural born leaders, but most kids tend to be followers. That's not a bad thing, as long as they're following the right people.

All kids struggle with peer pressure, but those who are followers seem to be more easily swayed. And when children group together, a definite pecking order starts to develop.

The leaders will soon be calling the shots, and most will likely follow them. But smart kids know when to tag along and when to quietly slip away.

Teach your kids how to recognize when someone is a bad influence. Ask them specific questions about their friends, like: "What kind of language does Johnny use?" or "Doesn't Cindy get into a lot of trouble at school?" Find out who they're playing with and why, and help them think through their choices of playmates.

Most kids want to stay away from trouble; sometimes they just need a little help recognising the warning signs along the way.

From TODAY, Voices – Thursday, 27-Aug-2009

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