When we send them to school we expect that they will learn Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. That they will be enlightened about Science, Art and Music. But what we never really think about is who is going to teach our children what the differences are between a good and a bad group? Seriously do we really need to teach our kids about this? I mean really? Well I am not suggesting that everyone needs to teach their children about it, but let me add this supposition into the mix. Suppose that your child is having problems, it could be at school with a clique of friends, it could be a miss understanding about "looks", words or mishaps of behavior, or it could be a genuine issue concerning the safety of your child or teen. How as adults should we address this issue? Do we wait until it is already in play or do we address it before it even unfolds? I am a firm believer in the later.
Good Group Dynamics
How do we teach that, is always the question?
- Be a Role Model. This is probably the most over discussed issue for all prevention related tips, but it is also the one that is most missed. If you are telling your child not to drink and drive, you can't be doing it either. The same goes for texting and driving! Don't do it! If they see you doing it, it must be OK, so why can't I, will be their thinking. Walk the talk!