Writing in Your Teen Magazine, Cathie Ericson poses a question that might be in the mind of many parents, “What does a healthy teenage social life look like?”
In addition to sharing her own experiences as a mom, she interviewed parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees & Wannabes and Dr. Irene S. Levine, author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend.
Ericson poses four questions in the article that parents might have about teen friendships. Then she distills some of the answers to those questions, and also points out when parents need to be concerned.
Even adults have to constantly negotiate social relationships in school, at work, and around the neighborhood,” Levine points out. “The friendship lessons teens learn will teach resilience and help them become more independent adults who can better handle social relationships.”
Ericson did an excellent job researching this sensible piece, which is well worth reading. You can read the article in its entirety on Your Teen Magazine.