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Do You Bend the Rules Based on Your Children's Friends?

"But mommy, he's allowed to do it!" A constant refrain throughout childhood, generations of lil ones have plied their parents into getting what they want by conveniently mentioning what their friends can do that they cannot.

Many parents think long and hard about the parenting style and ground rules that will best suit their lifestyle. For some these rules include maintaining a healthy diet and forgoing fast food in favor of fresh, organic choices, while others make a concerted effort to unplug their televisions while the youngsters are around.

Once junior begins attending school and can share with his friends, its not long before he comes home and starts begging to do, eat or see things his friends talk about in the schoolyard. Has the influence of your wee one's friends forced you to change some of your ground rules?

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Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
My parent's didn't and I am glad. I really appreciated this when I was 16. I was out in NYC, with friends, just partying and what not. My best friend wanted to go home with her boyfriend (whom I never trusted) and she was all pressuring me to go and break the curfew rule I had (1 am that night) and I said no. Well, they died in a car accident.
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