My Son Has A Horrible New Friend! Help

Kelly - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My sweet little boy has turned into a gremlin of late! His behavior starting going wrong when he met this new friend in his class. I am not saying it is completely my the fault of his friend, I just think the two of them are dynamite together. Individually they are great.



What is the best way to discourage the friendship, bearing in mind they are only six years old. I feel awful about trying to do so. But they are both getting in a lot of trouble at school.



Thanks



Kelly :)

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Cassie - posted on 06/09/2010

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i'd talk to the teacher and try to get them seperated and focused on diff things throughout the day so really you'd only to worry about recess. we're very open with our children about who they choose to be friends with and our big thing with them is "you are who you surround yourself with" and my oldest is 6 and my youngest is 3 and both i feel have chosen the more productive children in their groups to play with because they want to do good and they understand that some people maybe be a good time to hang out with might not be the best people in the end

Maureen - posted on 06/09/2010

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My daughter, who is 6, is drawn to another child that is not the best influence. I talk with her about postitive behaviors and how we treat others. The teacher noticed the negative interaction and separated them during class. Over time she figured out that if she always gets in trouble when she is around this other student, she doesn't spend as much time with her now. I think it is important to keep talking to her about being a good friend and that there are consequences for her choices. Good luck

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i dont necessarily think you should discourage it - but, you need to let your son know that if his behaviour continues they will be kept seperate at school. talk to the teacher - get her or him on board with your plans... have her contact the other childs parents and tell them basically the same thing.. i had somewhat of the same situation with my son ..... and when i forbid him to talk to the other child it made the situation even worse, because they do have to talk at school, and work together in the classroom.and then it made my son feel as if he was disobeying me, and it caused him stress... so we seperated them during class time and let them play together at recess and that seemed to work out fine...

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