You can’t shield your children from hard experiences — like friendships or relationships ending, or feeling left out, ignored, or disrespected.
But you can help them treat others with respect, stand up for themselves, and seek out healthy friendships and relationships.
Here’s how to talk with your preteen about good communication and treating others with respect.
Friendships and social lives become extremely important at this age.
Adults know that friendships don’t often last forever, but try not to belittle your preteen’s friendships.