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Your child’s friendships play an important role in their social and emotional development. A child’s friends (or lack thereof) can also be a common area of concern among parents. Does my child have enough friends? Are my child’s friends providing a good influence? Why does she choose to be friends with that girl… the one with purple hair and a nose ring? What does he see in that kid?

Parenting information on a child’s friends

The information herein will answer all the common questions parents might have about a child’s friends. We offer practical tips and advice for handling common friendship concerns, as well as some much-needed perspective for parents who may be struggling to reconcile with their child’s choice of friends. Please select from the following topics:

See also…

  • Peer pressure among children


  • Parker, H. (2021) “A few good friends,” Psychology Today, May/June, p. 7
  • Hawley, J. (2019, Aug. 29) “Big Tech’s ‘innovations’ that aren’t,” Wall Street Journal, A17
  • Sasse, B. (2018) Them: Why We Hate Each Other– & How To Heal. St. Martin’s Press
  • Youniss, J. Volpe, J.A. (1978) “A relationship analysis of children’s friendship.” In W. Damon (Ed.) Social Cognition–New Directions for Child Development, No. 1. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Freedman, M. (2018, Nov. 3) “Building bridges across the generational divide,” Wall Street Journal, pp. C1, C2
  • Senior, J. (2023) “The age in your head,” The Atlantic, April, pp. 14-16
  • Greene, A (2017, Oct. 19) “Demi Lovato,” Rolling Stone, Oct. 19, p. 18


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