Most parents miss the point where the child starts looking for relationships beyond the family. Nine out of ten parents end up feeling that the child is in a hurry to make friends with members of the opposite sex. Well, whether this is true or not is irrelevant. The point is that you should be prepared to help your child handle relationship issues as and when they arise.
Parents have the option of pretending that such issues do not exist. This will not make it go away but it certainly will make the lives of the parents a lot easier. The child will rely on various sources of information ranging from relatives to the internet to tackle difficulties in making new friends and contacts. Do not presume that your child will sit back and end up as a failure. That is certainly not going to take place.
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However, refusing to be there for your child just because you feel it is too early is going to have a negative impact on his or her psych. Do not blame the child if he or she is more comfortable with the relative who has provided useful advice and tips on tackling relationships in the classroom.
As a parent, there are certain duties that you cannot devolve to others and maintaining discipline and focus in your child’s life is one of them. However, you don’t have to use the stick as the sole means of enforcing your discipline. In some cases, being open and helping the child talk about things at home can make a huge difference in helping the child learn a sense of responsibility.