By Trace Embry
Do parents have the right to be involved in helping their kids choose their friends?
This question is one that many parents may not know how to answer.
Many of today’s so-called “intelligentsia” advise parents that you can’t get involved when it comes to choosing your kid’s friends.
I do agree that teens need some experience in decision-making for themselves; however, choosing friends may not be the best place for them to practice.
In fact, you not only have the right to help them choose their friends, you have the responsibility to choose your child’s friends.
The ancient Greek proverb states “Bad company corrupts good character.” This should be taken into consideration when your child begins making friends. As your child enters the teenage years his peers could have an influence in the choices he makes.
Remember, even the average college student’s brain is still a few years from being fully developed in those areas that relate actions to consequences. Parents can see disasters ahead that kids cannot.
The stakes are way too high in today’s culture, especially as the American family continues to deteriorate. Take the time to train your child how to choose friends that will perpetuate good character.