Bad company and how to keep your children away from it
Children have very fragile minds and hence have the tendency to be swayed away by what people say. Children observe and learn so much from what is happening around them. Hence it is important for them to stay with good company. Bad company can mould the behavior and character of children towards the negative side. Children and teens are often not capable from coming back from it.
Teens are the worst affected by bad company. The results in teens from bad company are devastating and often irreversible. To make sure that teens don’t spoil themselves from bad company, parents should step in. Parents have a major role to perform in the lives of their teens and they should see to it that their children are not around bad company.
To begin with parents should tell their teens to get rid of their existing bad company. Doing it so directly can cause a rift or disagreement. Hence parents should give examples to children regarding as to why they are bad company and how it is affecting them. Parents should tell them that it can affect their character in front of teachers and also in front of their other friends. They should make them understand in an indirect way to avoid any backlash.
Parents can give children solutions to get rid of the bad company. Tell them to tell their friends who are bad company that they cannot hang out anymore for various reasons. They can also slowly start distancing themselves. Moreover parents should tell them not be afraid to lose bad company as friends. Teens seem to have a need to have a large number of friends. They should be told that friends who are bad company are not worth risking the friendship of their other friends.
Parents should advice their children to make their friends who are bad company understand where they are going wrong or correct them if they want to stay friends with them. They should be told not be scared of them and to stand up for themselves. Teens can be told to think of the kind of friends they want. They should look for friends who have the qualities they have been looking for. They should also try and meet friends who have things in common with them. Teens should be made to understand that they should monitor their friends’ behavior before getting too close to them. Parents should make their children trust them so that they can come and talk to them.
We can now clearly see that it is a slow process and it may take time. It is important for parents to be patient with their children. Change is generally not easy for children. Hence parents should be patient with them and give them their time. At the same time parents should continue monitoring the behavior and activities of their children as well as their company.
Author: Niketha Mohan
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