We all want friends while in school, some of us are better at friendship than others. However, we do need to be able to discern whether a person would be a good friend making good choices or a bad friend making bad choices. During a person’s life, there are always going to be the 2 types of people in your school or class that would be good friends or bad friends. There can be guilty by association meaning you may get into trouble even if you did not do anything wrong. It difficult to get rid of bad kinds of people, so it is best to avoid them from the beginning.
The following are some helpful ideas on how to connect with the “good choice” in friends:
Make good decisions
Attract the right kind of friends
Do well in school
Monitor your own behavior
Choose people with similar interests and goals
Be an optimistic thinker
Keep positive thoughts
Peer influence is remarkably powerful. It is more so when it is a child. Help YOUR child to become an independent thinker or have confidence in SELF to make those decisions. Every word that is talked about in the Child Success Course is important – these words or phrases all work together. They are all important for the child. Around the age of 14, the child will start to resist peer influence, rather than just follow someone aimlessly. Do not let YOUR child be easily influenced by the negative behavior of another child. TO do that they need to be confident and independent thinkers. Keep them focused on their schoolwork and positive activities involved in their school or community activities.
Wrong Friends and Poor Choices