The Friendship Doctor in the News
By Chalotte Latvala
November 14, 2012
In this article, which previously appeared in Good Housekeeping, the journalist provides tips for parents whose children are having friendship problems.
…Strike the phrase “best friend” from your vocabulary. It sets up unrealistic expectations for everyone, says Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. The seemingly deep bonds that kids form in elementary school often fall by the wayside in the tween years, and kids need to be reassured that it’s normal — and healthy — to have friendships of varying intensity. “The notion of a lifelong best friend comes from movies and books,” says Levine. “It’s actually very rare in real life.”…
Read more at SF Gate.
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