Today's Tip for Families

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Let Your Teen Learn to Cope with Social Drama

Last week, Alex was your teen's best friend. Now your teen is furious because of a comment Alex made to another friend.

Social bruises like this are typical for teens, and they can affect schoolwork as well as social lives. At one time or another during school, many teens will:

The first thing that stands out in this list is that teenagers are likely to be on both the giving and receiving ends of these negative behaviors. Your teen isn't the only one to have feelings hurt by a friend. Odds are, your teen has also hurt a friend's feelings.

As tempting as it may be to intervene in these friendship problems, it's best to let your teen sort them out. When you step in to rescue your teen, you send the message, "I don't think you can do it on your own."

Provide a listening ear and stay on the sidelines, unless the problem becomes a serious one—your teen feels physically threatened, for example, or the teasing has become so constant that it is harassment or bullying. If a truly serious pattern exists, call the school to get help from a counselor or administrator.

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