Today I want to talk about what to do when our child’s best friend moves, or goes to another school.Or worse yet, when there is a friendship breakup.
This is a really hard situation to process because as parents we want to step in and keep our children from feeling heartbreak. But one of the things to remember is all of these things that happen, specifically when it comes to changes and transitions with friendships are really important for our child because it is how they’re practicing to be adults.
And if they don’t have a substantial number of experiences with healthy adversity, when they’re little, they’re not going to have the experience, the perspective, or the understanding to be able to deal with big things that happen later on in life.
As their parents we have to walk this very delicate balance of supporting them and helping them with their friendships while also not smoothing things out so much that they don’t ever feel any sadness or pain.
Join me today for some tips on how to navigate this sometimes heartbreaking path without taking over completely.
Meet Jennifer Kolari
Jennifer Kolari is the host of the “Connected Parenting” weekly podcast and the co-host of “The Mental Health Comedy” podcast. Kolari is a frequent guest on Nationwide morning shows and podcasts in th US and Canada. Her advice can also be found in many Canadian and US magazines such as; Today’s Parent, Parents Magazine and Canadian Family.
Kolari’s powerful parenting model is based on the neurobiology of love, teaching parents how to use compassion and empathy as powerful medicine to transform challenging behavior and build children’s emotional resilience and emotional shock absorbers.
Jennifer’s wisdom, quick wit and down to earth style help parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.
Her highly entertaining, inspiring workshops are shared with warmth and humour, making her a crowd-pleasing speaker with schools, medical professionals, corporations and agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari, is a highly sought- after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in San Diego and Toronto, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really): Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011).