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Factoring peers into your parenting

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How much notice of your children’s peers should you take when you raise your kids?   Strange question?  Let me explain.   We all want to raise our kids in certain ways that reflect our beliefs on parenting.   Usually those methods reflect the rest of what’s considered the norm in your community.   For instance, you’ll may take notice of the different movies that your friends’ children watch, and use that as a guide to the choice of movies your children watch.   What happens if your beliefs don’t fit mainstream? Then peer influence can become a telling factor here.   For instance, I know one mother who won’t allow her young children to watch television.   They watch zero television. She has firm beliefs about television-viewing and believes that her children’s time is bette...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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