Sunday 11 December 2016

Children need more backbone - let them fight their own battles

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

'We do everything for our children. We fight their battles with their friends. We go to the teachers and fight their battles in the classroom if there is a problem, however minor. If our children don't get picked for a team, we ask the coaches why' Photo: Depositphotos
'We do everything for our children. We fight their battles with their friends. We go to the teachers and fight their battles in the classroom if there is a problem, however minor. If our children don't get picked for a team, we ask the coaches why' Photo: Depositphotos

Research has shown that one-third of us have fallen out with a friend because we've taken our child's side in an argument, or because we've voiced concern or criticism about a friend's parenting style.

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The research showed that arguments over children resulted in anything from an 'uncomfortable atmosphere' to 19pc of people stating they stopped talking to their friend altogether. Some 9pc said they simply never talked about the incident again after it had occurred.

The issue of whether or not to discipline or 'tell off' another parent's child is a tricky one.

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