The company we keep is mostly what defines us, and this statement is backed up by the famous saying “show me your friend, and I will tell you who you are”. Children make a lot of friends because of their free and naïve nature. While that is a good thing, parents have to serve as their guardian not only by providing finances but also getting familiar with the children’s friends, amidst many other things. The children might not like the idea of knowing all their friends which is a normal thing, but as parents, there should be a way to approach such issue without getting on their nerves. By just making the children comfortable enough with you will go a long way in making your children confide in you with the companies they keep. And remember you are just trying to know their friends not interview them, so take it slowly. The reason for this is not farfetched,
Children tend to turn into people who surround them: The rate at which we grow is defined by the surroundings we find ourselves in and the people we mix with. This statement is not limited to just children as even some adults get pressured by peers. But children are more susceptible to pressure from peers/ friends because they do not know what they want just yet. The need to explore different things drives them, and sometimes the need to do what people closest to them are doing is enough to make them better or change their good nature. For the latter, all it takes is a bad company, and they become who they associate with but then again for the former, all it also takes is a good company, this is the reason why it is best to;
Help them make good friends: Making friends is as easy as it gets, but sometimes parents might also want to get involved when it comes to the friends the children are associating with. Muhammed Ali said, “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything. So even as parents, friendship can still be pretty complex, what then are we to say about children making friends? They need help.