Are your kids too friend-focused?

Most of the kinds today are more in-to-their friends that bonding with their family. I remember when I was in my elementary years that I want to spend more time with my friends rather than my family. Maybe because most of the parents are too busy thinking for their children’s future that they forgot to spend quality time with their children and that is not bad at all because they only want what’s the best for the kids future. We wonder, why would a fifth grader rather be e-mailing and going out with his/her pals than watching TV with the parents. More and ever-younger kids are being influences by their friends rather than their parents.

Few modern families have time for the everyday rituals that once kept families close, so today even preschoolers may look to their friends as role models. As a result, they can be influenced in ways their parents disapproved of. To win the kids back, stay close by being physically and emotionally involved and affectionate. And make time for new family rituals, such as going to church every Sunday and eat out as a whole family after or Sunday-morning pancakes breakfast with the kids. In that way, the kids will start to be more close and open.

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