It's time to grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation with this week's questions:
Imagine this. Your son's newest friend is a big-time troublemaker and your daughter's best friend is obsessed with vampires at an age when Chia Pets should still amaze her. Or maybe your kids' friends are terrific, but their parents are the cause for concern.
The inspiration for this week's topic comes from a local mom of two school-aged children. She is perplexed on how much freedom to give her kids before putting her foot down and telling them who they may and may not choose as friends. It's a dilemma that worries parents of teenagers, too. So what's a parents to do?
- How far would you go to protect your kids from the influence of potentially-troublesome peers?
- Would you consider forbidding them to be friends with a certain child or teen? When and why?
- Would you ever discourage your kids from befriending a child whose parents have very different family values than the ones you embrace?
Now take a look at what our Moms Council has to say. Here they are:
Beth Blanck is a Brewster mom whose son is 2 and a half years old. She writes a weekly column called for Southeast-Brewster Patch and she is the head of the council.
Noreen Mahoney is Brewster mother of two boys. Aside from being active in the community, Noreen teaches improv workshops.
Tracy Dunne-Derrell is a Brewster mother of one. She is a middle school teacher and she is currently fighting a battle familiar to many parents: trying to get her 4-year-old daughter to sleep!
Suzanne Perucci has lived in the area for 20 years. She works for The Pampered Chef and is the mother of two teenagers.
If you would like to join the council, or if you have a suggestion for a topic, email Ashley.Tarr@patch.com.