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9 Surprising Ways You Might Be Over-Parenting Your Child

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Micromanaging Her Friendships


Although at times we'd love to, we can't pick and choose who our children are friends with. The process of establishing and keeping friendships holds many life lessons (and joys) for a child, and will help shape her self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

Some friendships will be positive and some will be negative — and that's normal. Instead of shielding your child from experiencing the pitfalls, or even the end of a friendship, talk to her about how she feels about certain friends and why, and express the values you look for in your own friendships. It's a normal part of life and will teach her a lot about herself, and which qualities she values in others.

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