BFFs or bullies? Navigating the world of cliques

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Five tips to help your child navigate the world of cliques

1. Communicate. Encourage your child to be as open and honest as possible.
If your child refuses to talk to you, help him find someone else to talk to: a trustworthy adult like a grandparent, coach or guidance counselor.

2. Help your child realize that he doesn't have to belong to a clique to fit in at school. Ask your child why he wants to be friends with kids in a clique who are being mean.

3. Expose your children to different experiences and involve them in a variety of activities. This will give them the opportunity to make friends outside of school.

4. Make your child understand he can choose his friends, but he does have to be kind to everyone. Set consequences if you discover your child being a bully or exclusionary.

5. Pay attention and trust your instinct. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't.

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